DC Fire Injures Four-Year-Old

By Peter DePaolis

Earlier this month, a fire in Northeast DC injured a four-year-old boy in the 1700 block of Benning Road. Firefighters found the boy unconscious in a first-floor apartment, and he was in critical condition after suffering smoke inhalation, according to a spokesperson for the DC Fire and EMS Department. The blaze occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the three-story building.

The boy’s twin brother, a one-year-old girl, a five-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl all escaped the fire unharmed. It is unclear whether all the children are related. A 24-year-old woman suffered serious burns to her hands and possible smoke inhalation. The woman initially escaped the fire unharmed, but she ran back inside the apartment after discovering that the four-year-old was missing.

Investigators think the fire started when some of the children were playing with a lighter in one of the apartment’s bedrooms. The injured boy was apparently the one handling the lighter. None of the other children required hospitalization. The fire is still under investigation.

While firefighters were battling the first-floor blaze, another fire broke out on the second floor when a resident left food cooking on the stove after evacuating the building.

Burn injuries can be extremely painful and require long-term care and expenses. A Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney can help you pursue a legal action against the party responsible for the fire. Contact Roger Johnson, a Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.