WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Sixty-two-year-old Randolph Milam was a basketball star in his McKinley High School days – and people still talk about him.
But early Monday morning, his neighbors say that he was a man trapped inside of his own home, when a fire started in the basement.
Burglar bars blocked the first-floor windows, and Milam apparently could not find the key, so he had to jump from the second floor. It was a horrific fire, with loud yet unexplained booms:
"It was like, 'boom boom,'...what the hell is going on," said a neighbor named Ted, who does not want to reveal his last name.
The fire consumed the house, and firefighters acted quickly to save the house on the other side of the firewall from any flame damage.
The resident of that home at one point ran out to put his greyhound dog in the car, but declined to speak with us.
One D.C. firefighter was injured while fighting the blaze, and like the homeowner, was taken away by ambulance. According to a D.C. Fire spokesman, that firefighter has since been released from the hospital.