Elderly man found dead under couch in D.C. house fire

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Washington, D.C., United States (4E) – An elderly man was discovered dead under a couch inside his Washington, D.C. rowhouse Wednesday after fire destroyed the first floor.

According to police, the 88-year-old man’s body was found buried under several furniture in his Petworth residence, located northwest of Washington, after an intensive search.

Neighbors said they saw smoke rising from the home shortly after the man informed them that he plans to cook a turkey.

Fire officials, who received calls after 11 a.m. about a fire coming from the man’s home, said it is unclear what started the blaze.

After quickly knocking down the flames and containing it within the framework of the rowhouse, the rescue squad had a difficult time getting inside the affected home because of its condition.

Deputy Fire Chief Edward Pearson said responding units encountered packrat conditions that made it a challenge for them to get inside and extinguish the fire.

Reports revealed the man lived alone and no one else was injured in the incident.

Neighbors identified the man to FOX 5, but his name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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