Chris Christofi presumed dead in Northeast D.C. fire on Isherwood Street

(Photo: Charles Allen)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze that began on Wednesday with an explosion along the 1600 block of Isherwood Street in Northeast Washington.

Now, 46-year-old Chris Christofi is the only person unaccounted for, as
Metropolitan police confirmed on Wednesday that one body was found inside the burned building.

His family arrived to witness the extensive damage firsthand, and said that Christofi worked as an office manager at a local PR firm, left work early on Wednesday, picked up a pizza, chatted with a few neighbors, and then went into the apartment he purchased 10 years ago.

He was inside an estimated two hours when neighbors heard and felt the explosion. Christofi was well-known in the neighborhood, and on Thursday, strangers hugged the family in tears.

A spokesperson for D.C. Fire and EMS said that part of the building's structure collapsed from the fire and that it's possible an explosion had occurred. An FBI spokesperson said that the bureau is on the scene, per its protocol whenever there is an explosion in the District.

Metropolitan police closed 16th and 17th streets between F Street and E Street NE.

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