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Fire at vacant DC home claims two lives

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Two people have been killed in a Tuesday morning house fire in the 1700 block of R Street in Southeast D.C.

The flames broke out at a boarded-up row house and the victims were found inside at what was supposed to be a vacant house.

Firefighters said they could see the flames and smoke from across the Anacostia River in Northwest.

When firefighters arrived, the first order of business was to put out the flames. Once it was safe to go inside, that is when they found the two victims inside the home. One of the victims was found near the front door and the other victim was found in the living room area.

Ladonna Muhammad was surprised when we told her two people were found dead inside the home. She said it has been sealed off for at least two years.

"I've never seen anyone going in or out that building before at all," she said.

Officials said from the beginning, the task of identifying the victims wouldn't be easy. Officials said the bodies were burned beyond facial recognition.

Three firefighters were injured. One was rushed to the hospital with a broken ankle. The other two were treated for shoulder injuries.

There was damage to the next door neighbors' homes. We are told eight people have been displaced. The American Red Cross is helping relocate them.

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