Ashley Westbrook Turton Killed In Early Morning DC Car Fire

5:08 PM, Jan 10, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA/AP) -- Firefighters made a gruesome discovery Monday morning when they found a body inside car that caught fire in Southeast DC.

Ashley Westbrook Turton, director of congressional affairs for Progress Energy, was found dead in the car, sources said.

Turton was married to Daniel Turton, the White House deputy director of legislative affairs for the U.S. House.

Pete Piringer, spokesman for DC Fire and EMS, says firefighters were called to the 800 block of A Street SE for a report of a fire inside a row house just before 5:00 Monday morning. Firefighters quickly arrived at the scene and found a car engulfed in flames inside the attached garage of a row house. Piringer says once fire crews brought the flames under control they found the body of an adult victim inside the vehicle.

Piringer says police and fire investigators were on the scene. According to Piringer, the leading theory is the car may have crashed into the garage and caught fire. According to the Associated Press, DC police have said the BMW crashed into the interior of a garage at the home and the fire engulfed the entire garage. 

No one else was injured in the incident.

Turton was the mother of three young children.

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