Firefighters had reported that two men and two women had been taken to nearby hospitals in critical condition.
Two tourists who were struck Thursday by lightning near the White House, the residence of the president of the United States in Washington, died and two other affected people remain hospitalized.
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James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 74, died as a result of injuries sustained in Lafayette Park, the plaza in front of the White House, a Metropolitan Police spokesman reported Friday.
The couple were tourists from Wisconsin and along with two other people whose identities were not released.sought shelter under a tree when a heavy storm blew over the Washington metropolitan area in the evening.
The four people were found in a wooded area near the equestrian statue of former US President Andrew Jackson and before the arrival of the emergency services they received the assistance of the Park Police and the Secret Service, in charge of protecting the presidential residence.
Firefighters had reported that two men and two women they had been taken to nearby hospitals in critical condition.
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