Five Alarm Fire Ravages Mt. Pleasant

Starting just after midnight, and still smoldering now, a Five Alarm Fire in Mount Pleasant forced over 200 people from their homes. The blaze has closed 16th St in Mount Pleasant, roiling the morning commute, as buses moved to 14th street, and traffic was diverted to 14th Street and Georgia Avenue. It’s likely that the road will reopen today, but I certainly wouldn’t want to count on using 16th Street as a route home today.

It’s terrible to see a whole apartment complex go up in smoke, putting families out in the street. What’s worse is that the Post is reporting that the building had multiple code violations, and that tenants had been fighting with management to get them fixed for some time.

Kudos to the DC Fire Department for helping everyone escape the blaze. There were no injuries reported in the fire, and a lot of credit should go to the DCFD for making sure that everyone got out unharmed.

— Originally uploaded by m.j.b.

1 Comment so far

  1. Monica (monica) on April 8th, 2008 @ 4:18 pm

    This was some fire!

    I was up reading at 1:00 a.m. and could smell the smoke in Dupont Circle. In fact I thought my building or the one next door was on fire.

    DCFD did a great job!

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