A D.C. fire official said a woman died in an apartment fire in the Dupont Circle area of northwest Washington and that firefighters had a hard time entering her home because of large amounts of clutter.
D.C. fire and EMS spokesman Pete Piringer said the fire broke out at about 11 p.m. Sunday in a second-floor apartment of a building in the 1700 block of S Street. He said a woman in the apartment was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. Piringer described the apartment as a "hoarding situation."
Piringer said the fire was confined to the apartment and no one else was injured or displaced.
He said the cause of the fire was discarded smoking materials.
About an hour earlier, a renovation project started a fire causing about $600,000 in damage to three row houses in the 800 block of 10th Street NE, but no one was injured. Four people were displaced, Piringer said.
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