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4-year-old dies after D.C. house fire

Blaze being investigated as possible arson

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A 4-year-old girl hospitalized after a house fire that is being investigated as a possible arson died Tuesday, D.C. police confirmed.

Few details have been released about the cause of the girl's death and her name has not been released. The Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Arson Unit is investigating the fire, which engulfed a home in the 2600 block of 33rd Street in Southeast D.C. on Sunday.

Police said the girl was hospitalized in critical condition after Sunday's fire. Family members were unable to locate her and firefighters had to rescue her from inside the home.

Five others — a toddler, three adult women and one man — were also home at the time of the fire but escaped.

The man, 46 year-old Jerome Calvary Lewis, was arrested at the scene of the fire after making threats against one of the women. He was charged with making a felony threat and simple assault.

Police gave no indication Tuesday of any additional charges being filed and said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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