Fire Breaks Out in Dupont Circle

by November 8, 2016 at 10:55 am 0

(Updated at 11:36 a.m.) A fire erupted in a building under construction in Dupont Circle this morning, causing black, smoke and ash to billow from its roof.

The blaze started on the 1700 block of M Street NW about 10:45 a.m., D.C. Fire and EMS Department spokesman Doug Buchanan told Borderstan.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire also wasn’t immediately clear.

By 11:10 a.m., smoke no longer was pouring from the building’s rooftop.

Ronald Colbert said he saw the smoke from several blocks away and then rushed over to get a better look.

“It was brown smoke, Colbert recalled. “Then, it turned white.”

Employees at Caruso Florist, the flower shop across the street, said the foul-smelling smoke began pouring out of the building without much warning. The shop’s employees, along with a few hundred more people, lined the sidewalk across from the building for a better look.

The area may be closed for an additional hour or so as fire crews wrap up, according to authorities.


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