Dupont fire kills Georgetown graduate
Update June 5, 7:06 p.m.: The university has now confirmed that at least one of the victims of the fire was a Georgetown alumna. Nina Brekelmans had just finished her graduate degree in May. School of Foreign Service Intern Dean James Reardon-Anderson emailed students earlier today notifying them of the news.
“We encourage students, faculty and staff to reach out to one another and be supportive of our community,” he wrote. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Nina’s family and friends.”
Correction June 5, 9:39 a.m.: Michael Patrick McLoughlin has not been confirmed to be a Georgetown graduate student. The article has been updated to reflect this correction.
Update June 4, 9:12 p.m.: W*USA9 has confirmed that one of the victims was 24 year old Michael Patrick McLoughlin. The female victim has not been identified by police. Whether or not the deceased are Georgetown community members has not been confirmed.
Update June 4, 10:32 a.m.: In an email to the Voice, Associate Vice President of Strategic Communications Stacy Kerr was not able to confirm that the victims of the fire were GU students. The Hoya is now reporting that Mark Lieberman of Current Newspapers, received the news from Sherri Kimbel, from the office D.C. Councilman Jack Evans’ (D-Ward 2). Evans’ office has not confirmed the information.
Original article: Two Georgetown students are reportedly dead after a fire broke out in a Dupont Circle row house at around 2:30 a.m. this morning, according to The Hoya. The victim’s identities, reportedly male and female, have not been revealed. Five others were injured in the fire that occurred on the 1600 block of Riggs Place N.W, including three firefighters. At least two victims were taken into the hospital in critical condition.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
This article will be updated as news develops.
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