WASHINGTON (WJLA) — A funeral was held Wednesday for a 9-year-old boy who died in a row house fire in Northwest Washington.

Yafet Solomon’s viewing was held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and a service was held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at R.N. Horton’s Funeral Home located on 600 Kennedy Street in Northwest Washington, according to the Ethiopian Community Center (ECC).

The owner of the funeral home, which is only about a block away from where the fire was, tells ABC7’s Sam Ford that the service expenses are being taken care of for the grieving family.

Solomon and his mother have been members of the ECC since 2016. He was a student at Barnard Elementary School, and teachers and staff at the school have started a fundraiser through GoFundMe to support his mother.

Relatives said Solomon inhaled a lot of smoke in the August 18 blaze, which also killed a man.

D.C.’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs told ABC7 the row house located at 708 Kennedy Street, NW, was not licensed for rentals.

The fire appeared to have started in the basement before rising to the upper two floors.

A woman told ABC7 the row house is subdivided into individual bedroom apartments. She believed there were 11 units in total, but was not 100 percent certain. She further explained that most of the tenants are of Ethiopian descent and that a local Ethiopian church had been helping the man who died in the fire pay his rent.

Four employees are on leave from D.C. Fire and EMS and the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs after incomplete inspections were performed at the row home before the fatal fire.

A DCRA employee visited the row home multiple times but never went inside months before the fire.

Officials said a D.C. Police officer initially notified D.C. Fire and the DCRA about housing and fire code violations at the row home.

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