Man's Body Found in D.C. Home After Explosion, Fire

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    46-year-old Chris Christofi was killed yesterday when his apartment building exploded and burst into flames in Northeast. Family members say he went home early from work. Today, those family members and others who lived in the building returned to see what is left. News4's Kristin Wright is live with more on what they found... (Published Thursday, Jun 5, 2014)

    Fire investigators hope to finally enter a northeast Washington rowhouse that exploded Wednesday afternoon, killing at least one person.

    Crews were called to a 4-unit rowhouse at 16th and Isherwood streets NE around 3:45 p.m. 

    Body Found in D.C. Home After Explosion, Fire

    [DC] Body Found in D.C. Home After Explosion, Fire
    A body was found in a D.C. home heavily damaged following an explosion and a fire Wednesday afternoon. News4's Shomari Stone reports. (Published Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014)

    Charles Allen, a Democratic nominee for D.C. Council, lives near the area and called 911 when his windows rattled following what he called a huge explosion. 

    NE D.C. Explosion, Fire Investigated as Crime Scene

    [DC] NE D.C. Explosion, Fire Investigated as Crime Scene
    A large fire sparked by a possible explosion in Northeast D.C. Wednesday is being investigated as a crime scene, sources tell News4's Pat Collins. (Published Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014)

    "I ran outside and a lot of folks on the street thought there may have been a car collision, then we saw the back of this house completely missing, flames coming up, so I called 911 then we ran over to the house," he explained. "It looked like the flames went really fast, and moved to the units both to the left and right of it," Allen said.

    NE D.C. Explosion, Fire Investigated as Crime Scene

    [DC] NE D.C. Explosion, Fire Investigated as Crime Scene
    A large fire sparked by a possible explosion in Northeast D.C. Wednesday is being investigated as a crime scene. News4's Shomari Stone reports. (Published Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014)

    According to D.C. Fire, the flames were under control just after 5 p.m., though firefighters remained on scene to prevent any hotspots from rekindling.

    The home was so badly damaged a chimney collapsed on a nearby car. The blast left behind broken window panes of homes next door.

    NE D.C. Explosion, Fire Investigated as Crime Scene

    [DC] NE D.C. Explosion, Fire Investigated as Crime Scene
    A large fire sparked by a possible explosion in Northeast D.C. Wednesday is being investigated as a crime scene, sources tell News4's Pat Collins. News4's Shomari Stone reports. (Published Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014)

    A resident of the building, 46-year-old Chris Christofi, died, according to his family.

    "We just can't believe the size of the explosion in the back. Bricks are blown out on the floor. We can't imagine he would have survived the blast," Christofi's family said. 

    Explosion Could be To Blame in Large NE Fire

    [DC] Explosion Could be To Blame in Large NE Fire
    News4's Pat Collins reports live from NE DC, where a possible explosion sparked a large house fire. (Published Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014)

    A woman living nearby recalled the hectic scene.

    "We heard so much screaming for 30 seconds and then at once it just stopped," she said.

    Crews Battle Large Explosion, Fire in NE DC

    [DC] Crews Battle Large Explosion, Fire in NE DC
    News4's Pat Collins reports live from the intersection of 16th and Isherwood NE Wednesday, where a possible explosion caused a large house fire. (Published Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014)

    One of Christofi's neighbors was able to get out in time, though he was visibly shaken.

    "I [feel] numb, I just don't really know what to do. I'm here, my fiancee is here, we're healthy and we have that going for us," he said.

    Crews Battle Large House Fire in NE

    [DC] Crews Battle Large House Fire in NE
    D.C. Fire crews are on the scene of large house fire in Northeast Washington. (Published Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014)

    Fire crews said they couldn't go inside the home initially to search for survivors due to instability of the structure.

    Sources told News4's Pat Collins the fire is being investigated as a crime scene, though it'll take time to determine what exactly caused the blast.

    Neighbors say someone complained of a gas odor about 2 weeks prior to the accident and crews immediately made repairs.

    Stay with NBCWashington and News4 as this story develops.