Sources have identified the person who was killed in a Capitol Hill garage fire Monday morning as Ashley Turton, a 37-year-old energy lobbyist and the husband of a White House aide.
Turton was a lobbyist for Progress Energy, the North Carolina-based company which just announced a merger with Duke Energy on Monday.
Bill Johnson, CEO of Progress Energy, released a statement about the death of Turton, who worked at the company since 2007.
"She was a dear friend to many of us and this news is hard to take," Johnson said. "Ashley's death reminds us all to keep perspect in all things."
Turton was the wife of White House liaison to the House of Representatives, Dan Turton.
Turton's body was found after D.C. firefighters responded to a report of a garage fire at 800 A Street SE. Rescue crews found the attached garage of a two-and-a-half story townhouse fully engulfed. Homeowners told firefighters that everyone in the townhouse, an adult and several children, had been accounted for, Piringer said.
While putting out the blaze, rescue crews discovered the body. Fire investigators say the fire is unusual, but believe there was a crash first and then a fire.
"There's a lot to sort out," said D.C. fire spokesman Pete Piringer, "but the lead theory is the car crashed through the garage and was found on fire."