by November 16, 2016 at 2:15 pm 0

(Updated at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 17) A fire erupted inside a food truck in Foggy Bottom, critically injuring at least one person Wednesday afternoon, according to a D.C. Fire and EMS Department spokesman.

The blaze started in The House Of Falafel’s Falafel Bus vehicle near 21st and H streets NW about 2 p.m. Less than 20 minutes later, the fire was out.

In addition to the critically injured individual, who was rushed to a local hospital, two other people received injuries in the blaze, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Doug Buchanan told Borderstan. Those individuals also were hospitalized.

Photos from the scene initially showed black smoke billowing from the food truck parked near Kogan Plaza on George Washington University’s campus. A Borderstan editor later saw a vehicle charred by flames.

Improper fueling or refueling of a generator on the truck likely caused the fire, Buchanan said. The vehicle’s equipment was functioning correctly.

Photos of fire courtesy of Beth Ethier and Eve Zhurbinskiy

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.

by Tim Regan October 18, 2016 at 10:15 am 4 Comments

A task force composed of members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, D.C. Police and D.C. Fire is looking for the person who allegedly torched a vehicle parked in an alley in NoMa last weekend.

The suspicious car fire happened behind a building on the 200 block of K St. NE last Saturday around 2 a.m., according to D.C. Fire spokesman Doug Buchanan. The vehicle that caught fire was a gray 1989 E350 ambulance.

A security camera pointed at the alley appears to have captured the moment the fire started. In the video, first shared by neighborhood blog PoPville, a hooded man can be seen tampering with a parked vehicle before walking away. The car burst into flames roughly 20 minutes later, the footage shows.

About a half hour later, firefighters showed up and extinguished the blaze.

“The investigation initially led to an undetermined cause,” Buchanan said. “However, after the owner of the vehicle provided video footage of an unknown person setting the auto on fire, the determination was changed to incendiary.”

The torched ambulance reportedly was one used by a local nonprofit:

D.C. Fire and EMS is urging anyone who has more information about the fire to call its arson tip line at 202-673-2776.

by Andrew Ramonas October 4, 2016 at 7:30 am 0

Firefighters rushed to a commercial strip of Adams Morgan this morning to put out a blaze in a restaurant.

El Rincon Espanol at 1826 Columbia Road NW had a fire in its basement, the D.C. Fire and EMS Department first tweeted about 6:45 a.m. By 6:50 a.m., firefighters had extinguished the blaze.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

by Tim Regan September 10, 2016 at 10:50 pm 0


A large fire erupted at a three-story house in Mount Pleasant tonight.

The two-alarm “heavy fire” began at a house on the 1700 block of Lamont St. NW some time before 10:15 p.m., according to D.C. Fire and EMS.

Though it was immediately unclear how or where the fire started, authorities said it spread to the home’s roof and attic. Several roads in the area were closed while firefighters battled the blaze.

Nobody was injured during the fire, officials said, but six people were displaced.

Photo via D.C. Fire and EMS

by Tim Regan September 8, 2016 at 12:25 pm 0

(Updated at 12:36 p.m.) A two-story building in LeDroit Park caught fire after someone driving a construction vehicle made contact with a power line earlier today.

The fire started inside the walls of a home on the 200 block of Elm St. NW after someone driving an excavator struck an underground power line just before noon today, according to D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Doug Buchanan. Nobody was injured during the incident, Buchanan said.

Pepco workers shut down power to the lines around the home around 12:30 p.m.

Photos and video courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS

by Tim Regan September 1, 2016 at 7:00 am 0

A Chinese restaurant in Truxton Circle went up in flames after a fire broke out there early this morning.

The fire began in the kitchen of Eastern Carryout (1532 North Capitol St. NW) some time before 1:30 a.m. this morning, according to D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo. By the time the fire department arrived, the blaze had spread to the building’s vacant second floor.

Bright flames were seen shooting from the building in a video shared by the fire department around 2:20 a.m. this morning. Fire crews got the blaze under control a half hour later.

Nobody was injured in the fire, which has been ruled accidental, Maggiolo said.

Video via D.C. Fire and EMS

by Tim Regan August 16, 2016 at 6:50 am 0

(Updated at 8:21 a.m.) Flames and thick smoke erupted from under the ground near several downtown office buildings after a “major” electrical fire broke out there late last night.

The fire started in a transformer vault near the intersection of 18th and L streets NW just before midnight, according to a tweet from D.C. Fire and EMS.

Fire crews used foam to extinguish the fire around 2:30 a.m. Nobody was injured in the blaze, said D.C. Fire and EMS.

Approximately 100 Pepco customers in the area lost power shortly after the fire began, according to the power company’s outage map. Several businesses and offices in the area were without power and closed.

Police have closed the 1800 block of L St. NW.

by Tim Regan July 30, 2016 at 1:45 pm 2 Comments

A bar near U Street caught fire earlier this afternoon.

More than half a dozen fire trucks were spotted fighting a fire at Climax (900 Florida Ave. NW)  around 1:10 p.m. today. Smoke could be seen pouring from several of the bar’s windows.

No injures were reported in the fire, according to D.C. Fire and EMS.

Photos courtesy of Robb Hudson and Karen Love

by Tim Regan July 26, 2016 at 4:05 pm 2 Comments

Update on Wednesday, July 27 — The dog burned in yesterday’s fire is “doing well,” D.C. Fire and EMS officials said today. “Lucy, an 11 year old Rat Terrier burned escaping the 12th St fire, is doing well after we had rushed her to a vet,” officials said in a tweet.

Read our original story below:

An apartment building caught fire in Logan Circle this afternoon.

The fire started on the roof an apartment on the 1300 block of 12th St. NW and spread to the third floor just before 4 p.m., according to D.C. Fire Chief Gregory Dean.

A plume of smoke could be seen rising from the apartment building shortly after the blaze began. The smoke could be seen as far away as some parts of Arlington.

Crews could be seen using a tower ladder to douse the flames. The fire was reported knocked down just before 4:40 p.m. today.

No tenants were injured in the two-alarm blaze, according to D.C. Fire and EMS officials, but a dog was “badly burned” and taken to an animal hospital.

Several streets across the area were closed to traffic while crews fought the fire:

Photos courtesy of Ben Balter

by July 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm 0

(Updated at 8:37 p.m.) Smoke poured from a vent after an underground Pepco transformer caught fire downtown earlier this evening, authorities said.

D.C. Fire and EMS personnel rushed to intersection of Desales Street and Connecticut Ave. NW around 7:30 p.m. this evening. Fire crews were initially alerted to “smoking manholes in [the] area of Desales,” according to D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Doug Buchanan.

“It came from an underground transformer vault,” said D.C. Fire spokesman Vito Maggiolo. Nobody was injured during the incident, he added.

A D.C. Fire and EMS video tweeted just before 8:30 p.m. shows smoke pouring from a vent in front of Panache Restaurant (1725 Desales St. NW):

Authorities have closed several roads in the area.

by Tim Regan July 3, 2016 at 10:00 pm 0

A row house in Adams Morgan caught fire earlier this evening, according to D.C. Fire and EMS.

The fire broke out inside a three-story home on the 1800 block of Calvert St. NW, authorities said. The fire was so large that some locals reported seeing smoke and flames from blocks away.

“Update Calvert St. Aggressive interior firefighting knocked down heavy fire,” a later tweet read. “Exposing hidden fire. No injuries ATT”

Authorities did not say how the fire started.

Image and videos via Twitter / D.C. Fire and EMS

by Tim Regan June 14, 2016 at 2:35 pm 0

Firefighters rushed to the scene of a burning tour bus in Shaw earlier this afternoon, authorities said.

Someone called 911 to report a bus on fire at near 6th St. and Rhode Island Ave. NW around 2:12 p.m. A video posted to the D.C. Fire and EMS twitter shows the bus completely engulfed in flames.

Fire crews knocked down the blaze just after 2:30 p.m. this afternoon. Nobody was injured during the fire, according to D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Doug Buchanan.

Authorities did not immediately say how the bus caught fire.

by Tim Regan May 25, 2016 at 1:35 pm 0

House catches fire in Shaw May 28

(Updated at 2:06 p.m.) A house under construction caught fire in Shaw this afternoon.

Authorities received a call for smoke billowing out of a three-story rowhome on the 900 block of Westminster St. NW at approximately 1:16 p.m. today, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Oscar Mendez said.

Dozens of firefighters rushed to the the scene at 1:18 p.m. and are currently working to douse the fire, which started in the attic of the building.

Nobody was injured during the blaze, said D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo.

“It looks like [firefighters] have a handle on it,” Maggiolo added.

Authorities said the fire was accidental.

by Tim Regan April 16, 2016 at 8:45 am 0

Firefighters rescued a woman and a child from the second floor of a Sherman Ave. NW apartment building while a fire burned inside, according to D.C. Fire and EMS.

The fire started at an apartment building at 3101 Sherman Ave. NW before 7 a.m. this morning, according to authorities.

One person sustained  “minor shoulder injury” during the blaze, but it was immediately unclear whether that person was a firefighter or someone inside the building.

Images via D.C. Fire and EMS Twitter


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