A woman was found dead inside a house that caught fire early Friday in the city's East Germantown section, the Fire Department reported.
At 1:03 a.m., firefighters were called to the 5600 block of Bloyd Street, where they found a two-story house with smoke coming from the first floor, Deputy Commissioner Jesse A. Wilson said.
Firefighters tried to search for anyone trapped inside, but "it was impossible to make entry because there was so much debris," possibly because of a hoarding situation, Wilson said.
The fire was placed under control by 1:53 a.m.
Neighbors said a woman lived in the house, but the property was unsafe to enter, Wilson said. The roof and front of the structure were removed and the body of a woman was found inside.
The cause of death is pending a ruling by the Medical Examiner's Office.