Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fire death that occurred in the 2600 block of 33rd Street, SE.
On Sunday, February 17, 2013, at approximately 3:13 am, an officer reported seeing smoke and fire coming from a residence in the 2600 block of 33rd Street, SE. Once on the scene, police and fire department members were advised by family members that a female child was unaccounted for. A short time later, the female child, who was unconscious and not breathing, was located by members of the fire department. She was transported to a local hospital and admitted in critical condition. Several other residents of the home escaped the fire and were transported to local hospitals. A male toddler was treated and released, two adult females were admitted in stable condition, and an adult female was treated and released. An adult male also escaped the fire.
On Tuesday, February 19, 2013, the female child, 4 year-old, Samauri Jenkins was pronounced dead. The cause and manner of death is undetermined at this time, pending the results of an autopsy.
The cause and origin of the fire is currently under investigation by the Arson Task Force, which includes members of MPD’s Homicide Arson Squad, members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and members of the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services.