Thanks to all who tweeted and emailed about the terrible fire in Dupont early this morning.

“Massive event at 17th and Riggs NW. Lots of smoke, Eric. Hear loud chain saw. Hope everyone is okay.”

“@dcfireems working hard to put out house fire 1600 block of Riggs NW. Apparently 2 injured so far”

“Multiple fire trucks, ambulances, and police on Riggs at 16th St NW”


“2 alarm fire next my apt. last night on Riggs street, NW cores out a row house killing two. Others hurt”

From @dcfireems:

“UPDATE: 2 alarm fire. 1600blk of Riggs Pl NW. fire knocked down. 2 pts P1; 2 pts P2; 2 FFs w/minor inj. 6 pts total.”

Fox 5 reports:

“Sources tell FOX 5 two bodies pulled from the third floor were a male and a female. One person was found in the bedroom and the other in the hallway.”

Updates when more is known.

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the deaths of four people in the 3200 block of Woodland Drive, NW.

On Thursday, May 14, 2015, just before 1:30 pm, personnel from the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (DCFEMS) responded to a residence for the report of a fire in the 3200 block of Woodland Drive, NW. While extinguishing the fire, four people – three adults and a juvenile – were discovered inside. The occupants have been confirmed deceased. At this time, the decedent’s identities have not been confirmed.

The case is being investigated by members of the MPD Major Case Squad, with assistance from the Arson and Explosives Task Force. The Task Force includes members from MPD, DCFEMS and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Police are asking that anyone with information on this case or anyone who saw a blue 2008 Porsche bearing DC tags DK2418, on May 14, 2015 between 10:30 am and 5:30 pm, to contact police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”


Thanks to all who emailed and tweeted photos to @PoPville around 8:15am. @IAFF36 tweets “firefighters quickly extinguish this 9th floor fire in the 1300 Blk of 7th street”.

From @dcfireems:

“UPDATE: Fire 1300blk of 7th St NW. 4 pts transported. 1 FF P1. 1FF and 2 pts serious non-life threatening.”





bus fire
Photo by Keith Krosinsky

“Dear PoPville,

Today [Tuesday] while I was walking home from work up North Capital St I witnessed smoke that started to pour out of a shuttle bus that was parked on the closed off section of the O St NE unit block. This smoke quickly turned dark black and I proceeded to phone in what was apparently a fire to 911. As I did so large flames began to emerge from the vehicle, and a number of apparently homeless people began to exit from a number of other similar shuttle buses parked nearby. One of these people thanked me for phoning in the fire but that proceeded to immediately ask if I had any money. The fire quickly engulfed the vehicle and I could feel that heat of the flames from at least 25 yards away. I just hope that no one was trapped in that bus.

I thought that it was worth writing in about this issue for a number of reasons.

I have noticed that this odd section of O St NE, which is fenced off at both ends and contains a number of apparently disused shuttle buses has become something of a squatter camp for homeless people and I have often noticed them milling about the immediate area during the evenings. This is an area near the Washington Firehouse Restaurant (somewhat ironic) and and the NOMA metro station and this block adds a particular level of blight to an area that has been improving in recent years. I don’t understand why this street is shut off, why these buses are haphazardly parked in the area and why it has been allowed to become a defacto camp for homeless people. Apparently something went wrong (to my untrained eye it appeared that an accelerant might have been involved as the fire spread extremely quickly), and this would seem to demonstrate the type of public safety hazard that squatter camps can impose.

I also wanted to bring up an issue that has been discussed on PoP recently, namely 911 call response times. My call to 911 was immediately answered (a good thing since I was apparently the first person to phone it in) and fire trucks were dispatched before the call was over. DC Fire & EMS arrived within 5 minutes of my call and quickly extinguished the fire. Not sure if the quick response time was due to it being a vehicle fire but I thought it was worth mentioning that, at least in this case, DC 911 and emergency services performed as any DC resident would hope.”

Photo taken 7:10, Tuesday by Rob Rutledge.


Thanks to all who tweeted and emailed us.

@Jcalhounk tweeted the photo above around 6:45am:

“@PoPville residential fire on Kenyon between Sherman and 11th. At least 5 engines but it looks like it’s almost out.”

From @dcfireems:

“UPDATE: 1000blk of Kenyon St NW. 3 FFs transported w/minor injuries”

“UPDATE: Fire: 1000blk of Kenyon St NW. 2pts transported. critical injuries.”

“UPDATE: 1000blk of Kenyon St NW. 3 families displaced. 9 ppl total.”

Update from MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a death that occurred in the 1000 block of Kenyon Street NW. On Monday, April 6, 2015 at approximately 6:26 am, members of the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the report of a house fire in the 1000 block of Kenyon Street, Northwest. An adult male and an adult female were found during fire suppression operations. Both victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment. The adult female succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead. The adult male was admitted to the hospital.

The decedent has been identified as 81 year-old Tillie Jones of Northwest, Washington DC.

The case is being 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.”


‏@RarityInForm tweets us just after 8am:

“Fire @ VIDA 17th & U. Flames visible on the roof deck. Good thing the fire dept. across the street. @PoPville”

@dcfireems “Update: Fire is knocked down. Units checking for extension. #dctraffic”

@IAFF36 tweeted:

“1600 block of U St NW had some pallets on fire on the roof of a 4 story building which has been extinguished. traffic delays #dctraffic”


A few readers have emailed and tweeted about a plume of smoke visible in NE. @dcfireems tweeted:

“Update – 2200blk 33rd St NE – large truck & propane tank on fire, extinguishing fire, hazmat unit requested #DCFD”

“UPDATE: fire knocked down. no inj reported. #dctraffic”