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SYMHM: Woman Dies in S Street Building Fire

by Borderstan.com — December 28, 2010 at 5:00 am 0

Dupont Circle 1731 S Street NW building fire

A Sunday-night fire at 1731 S Street NW took the life of a woman who lived in this rear apartment on the second floor. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Woman Dies in Apartment Building Fire at 1731 Street NW

A Dupont Circle woman died Sunday night after a fire in her four-story apartment building at 1731 S Street NW. WUSA-Channel 9 reports that “Investigators believe the fire may have been caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.” In addition, “materials collected by a possible hoarder made it difficult for firefighters to reach the blaze and extinguish it,” according to Channel 9. The building is located between 17th and 18th Streets.

New Rules: Is Your Condo Building “Desirable” to Lenders?

WTOP has a story with a headline that’s probably a bit scary for the Borderstan area: New rules make condo buying trickier. WTOP-103.5 says “The Federal Housing Administration is requiring condos to be what they call “re-certified” in order to offer mortgages”and that “The FHA looks into things like renter-to-owner ratios, and delinquencies on condo fee payments to see if the building is eligible for one of their loans.” Builder has some easy-to-read specifics on the new rules.

Beir Baron Opens Wednesday in Former Brickskeller Space

Dcist reports that Bier Baron opens Wednesday night in the former Brickskeller space at 1523 22nd Street NW. Says Dcist: “Owner Megan Merrifield notes that they will be offering a 500-beer selection with promises that – unlike with the former occupant – it will remain up-to-date.”

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