MPD: Isherwood Fire was Intentionally Set by Decedent
More water, smoke seemingly receding. Firefighters continue battling 2-alarm fire after explosion 16th & Isherwood. pic.twitter.com/jHDd0fnwaJWow, MPD released some deeply disturbing news regarding the recent Isherwood fire. That explosion and blaze killed one man, multiple pets, and left dozens of people without a place to live. MPD has concluded that it was a suicide. Read the full press release below.
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Update in Death/Fire Investigation: 1600 block of Isherwood Street, NE
(Washington, DC) – The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) announced today the fire that occurred in the 1600 block of Isherwood Street, NE was intentionally set by the decedent and the manner of death has been ruled a suicide.
On Wednesday June 4, 2014, at approximately 3:54 pm, personnel from the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (DCFEMS) received a report of an explosion and fire at an apartment building located in the 1600 block of Isherwood Street, Northeast. Upon arrival, firefighters found an apartment building ablaze. During firefighting activities, firefighters observed a deceased person in one of the units.
The case was investigated by members of the Arson and Explosives Task Force, which includes members from MPD, DCFEMS and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
The investigation has determined that the fire was intentionally set by the decedent identified as
46 year-old Christopher Christofi of Northeast, Washington, DC. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled that the decedent’s death was a suicide.
NBC 4 reports that Christofi purchased gasoline & spread it around the building.