Daily Archives: February 18, 2020

Fatal Southeast DC House Fire Caused By Woman Smoking In Bed

A fatal fire in Southeast D.C. last week was caused by a woman smoking in bed, authorities said. The fire started in 65-year-old Lilly Hearn Coates’ bedroom in a home in the 600 block of Darrington Street SE after 5 a.m. Feb. 11.  “Aunt Lilly was pretty much the gatekeeper for everyone here,†her nephew Charles Battle Jr. said. “She…