WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Traffic came to a standstill on a busy section of Northwest Washington on Tuesday night just after 7 p.m. as firefighters rushed into a row house to rescue a 96-year-old woman.
They found the woman, who has been identified as Annie Maiden, on the first floor of the home in the 1800 block of N. Capitol St., NW.
“We rushed her outside, got her into an EMS unit and transported her to the hospital. Sadly she did not survive her injuries,” said DC Fire spokesman Vito Maggiolo.
“I did see when they carried the lady out and it was very traumatizing for me, I’ve never seen nothing like that before her skin burned,” neighbor Fela Pyne said.
Neighbors say family members are heartbroken over the news.
“I saw the look on a few of the family members faces. It’s one of those real life moments, real life traumas,” neighbor Babatunde Pyne said.
At least two residents were displaced as a result of the fire.
DC Fire and EMS says the fire was accidental in nature and started in the kitchen of the home.
An autopsy will be conducted to determine Maiden's cause of death.