District Resident Blames Pepco For House Fire | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

District Resident Blames Pepco For House Fire

Play associated audio

One District resident is blaming Pepco for severe fire damage to his home. He says the power company should have responded sooner to a downed electrical line was that was on fire.

Lou Constantino says he and his wife called Pepco to report a power line engulfed in flames Monday. They told the power company, the electrical line's casing was melting and setting off additional fires in bushes and on lawns in their neighborhood.

A Pepco representative said linemen would respond to the call in a few hours. Before workers could get to the scene, Constantino's home was severely damaged by a blaze, which took several firefighters to put out.

His family was displaced to a hotel.

Constantino says the house fire could have been avoided if Pepco would have been quicker and smarter in its response.

Pepco says it's investigating what "is clearly an unfortunate situation." A company spokesperson says Pepco will take responsibility if found liable.

NPR

'Ghettoside' Explores Why Murders Are Invisible In Los Angeles

In her new book, journalist Jill Leovy studies the epidemic of unsolved murders in African-American neighborhoods and the relationships between police and victims' relatives, witnesses and suspects.
NPR

Will Environmentalists Fall For Faux Fish Made From Plants?

A handful of chefs and food companies are experimenting with fish-like alternatives to seafood. But the market is still a few steps behind plant-based products for meat and dairy.
NPR

Abortion Vote Shows How Much Democrats' World Has Changed

Of those 64 Democrats who cast a key anti-abortion vote in November 2009, only 12 remain in the House today.
WAMU 88.5

Drone Found On White House Grounds, Not Regarded As Ongoing Threat

A drone landed in a tree on the White House grounds shortly after 3 a.m. Monday morning, touching off a security response.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.