WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- DC Firefighters are on the scene of fatal fire that broke out in the basement of a 2-story duplex in Southeast this Wednesday morning.
Officials tell 9NEWS NOW crews were dispatched to the 5200 block of East Capitol Street around 5:30 a.m. Firefighters arriving on scene found heavy fire coming from the basement and smoke coming from all windows.
Pete Piringer, spokesperson for DC Fire and EMS, says firefighters found the body of a bedridden, elderly man in the basement while they were working to bring the fire under control.
The victim has not been identified.
Deputy Chief Kenneth Crosswhite says one firefighter was taken to the hospital with minor burn injuries he received while fighting the blaze.
Piringer says neighboring buildings suffered smoke and heat damage from the blaze.
Right now East Capitol Street between 52nd and 53rd Streets is shut down to traffic.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.