Officials investigate fatal Brightwood apartment fire


Federal agents have joined local investigators working to determine the cause of a fatal weekend apartment building fire in Brightwood, according to news reports.

WTOP reported Monday that federal officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are working with the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department to investigate the origin of the fire, which tore through a four-story building early Saturday morning in the 1300 block of Peabody Street NW.

One man died, and 11 people were injured — including five firefighters. About 200 residents were displaced.

“Our fire investigators continue their efforts to find origin & cause of Peabody St. fire. Suppression units also on scene to provide support,” the D.C. Fire and EMS agency tweeted Monday.

Firefighters responding to the three-alarm fire later discovered the body of an unidentified man in a top-floor apartment believed to be where the blaze originated, The Washington Post reported this weekend. Officials said the investigation of the death has been turned over to the D.C. police.

According to The Post, the Red Cross assisted 54 families, for a total of 180 people, in the aftermath of the fire. Officials said the building in the Rolling Terrace apartment complex, near Walmart, is considered unsafe and it is unknown when or if residents might be able to return.