Jeffrey Nedoroscik dies in NW fire

(Photo: Jay Korff/WJLA)

The man who died this week in a Northwest rowhouse fire was an employee who worked for USAID and had done extensive work in Egypt.

Police say 42-year-old Jeffrey Nedoroscik was found unconscious Monday evening on the first floor of a building in the 1800 block of First Street NW, in the city's Bloomingdale area.

Nedoroscik was an employee of the U.S. Agency for International Development. His LinkedIn page listed him as a chief of compliance and oversight at USAID, and the agency confirmed Tuesday that it had lost "our friend and colleague."

Nedoroscik also published two books.

"Jeffrey was a kind man,” says former roommate Henian Boone. “He was always giving. He shared his home. He opened his home to me."

Neighbor Darrick Tucker snapped a picture of flames streaming out of the home after he tried to save the victim.

"So as I parked my car, I could hear people say that he came out and that he ran back in," Tucker said.

Tucker tried to go in after Nedoroscik, but the heat from the fire stopped him.

Tucker added, " I got up on the steps, there was too much heat, too much smoke."

Onlookers called for Nedoroscik, but they heard no response. Fire officials were not able to confirm the account of the neighbors, who say they saw him outside the home and then run back inside.

Police and fire officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation, but the building's first floor was heavily engulfed. Homicide detectives are also involved in the investigation, which is routine in cases of unexpected deaths.

"He's traveled the world, he's done a lot of great things and he will be truly be missed," Boone says.