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Thanks to all who sent emails and tweets around 6pm. @dcfireems tweets:

“no pts transported. 3 ppl evaluated & released”

Staging response was also significant at 14th and Florida Ave, NW.

MPD says:

“The Third District is working a local; in the 1400 block of Belmont St NW. There are no reported injuries at this time.

The following areas are closed to vehicular traffic.

2400 – 2600 blocks of 14th St NW (North and South)

1400 block of Belmont St NW (East and West)

Drivers are advised to use alternate routes.”

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14th and Florida Ave, NW just after 7pm tweeted to us by @DCLiterate

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From an email:

DC Fire & EMS Department’s 150th Anniversary
Wednesday, July 9th at 6:30 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street NW
Washingtoniana Room, 3rd Floor

Please join the staff of the DC Fire & EMS Museum in the Washingtoniana Room (Room 307) on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. for a panel discussion on the history of the DC Fire & Medical Emergency Service Department. Historians Jim Embrey, Jim Lloyd, Mark Tennyson and Walter Gold of the DC Fire and EMS Museum will discuss 150 years of firefighting in the District, including its establishment as a paid department, segregation and integration of the force, and its critical role in the community. Photos and stories from DC’s biggest fires will be featured.

Be sure to stop in the Great Hall lobby to see a multimedia exhibit on DC Fire history. The exhibit features photos from the Special Collections Prints & Photographs Collection and historic fire equipment on loan from the DC Fire & EMS Museum. Fires to Remember, a slideshow produced by the Friendship Fire Association, is also on view in the Great Hall through mid-July.

District of Columbia Fire and Medical Emergency Service was founded in 1864, although there were various Volunteer Firefighting Companies throughout Washington D.C up until that point. Initially starting with less than 10 firemen, today DC Fire & EMS operates 33 Stations in the District. On average, DC Fire & EMS responds to approximately 160,000 calls in the DC metro area. Since its inception in 1864 DC Fire & EMS has grown tremendously to become one of the premier fire departments in the United States.”

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Thanks to @M_acHitect for tweeting us the photo above at 11:20am:

“@PoPville fire at zenobia lounge in georgetown – 31st and K”

@dcfireems tweets:

“UPDATE: Fire – 1000blk of 31st. St. NW – Fire knocked down. No injuries reported. Units checking for extensions. #dctraffic”

@jajajuliane sends a shot from 11:38am:

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A reader sends the terrible news:

“Sad morning news. Henry’s Soul Cafe at 17th and U — noted for sweet potato pies — looks to be destroyed by a fire. Several engines responded and U was closed in both directions.”

From @IAFF36 around 6:45am:

“Building Fire – 1704 U St NW – 1-story commercial bldg, smoke showing #DCFD #dctraffic

Update – 1704 U St NW – fire knocked down, checking for extension, searches negative #DCFD”

From @DCPoliceDept at 7:53am:

“UPDATE: The 1600-1800 Blocks of U Street, NW are NOW OPEN “

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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) announced today the fire that occurred in the 1600 block of Isherwood Street, NE was intentionally set by the decedent and the manner of death has been ruled a suicide.

On Wednesday June 4, 2014, at approximately 3:54 pm, personnel from the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (DCFEMS) received a report of an explosion and fire at an apartment building located in the 1600 block of Isherwood Street, Northeast. Upon arrival, firefighters found an apartment building ablaze. During firefighting activities, firefighters observed a deceased person in one of the units.

The case was investigated by members of the Arson and Explosives Task Force, which includes members from MPD, DCFEMS and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

The investigation has determined that the fire was intentionally set by the decedent identified as 46 year-old Christopher Christofi of Northeast, Washington, DC. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled that the decedent’s death was a suicide.”