Yesterday’s Huge Fire on 16th and Oak St, NW Claims 1 Victim

by Prince Of Petworth November 23, 2010 at 1:30 pm 10 Comments

“Dear PoP,

This house has been mentioned before in the blog I think. A 92-year-old woman died. This is how it looked this morning from the sidewalk.”

Indeed I have always admired this home (and the big tree in front of it). But obviously I’m far more saddened by the loss of life. Sending thoughts and prayers to the woman’s family.

Ed. Note: Yesterday I was away from the computer at the time of the fire. In those cases I usually tweet the news sent to me from readers. You can follow me on twitter @PoPville here.

  • Anonymous

    Very sad and tragic. Other sites report this is a 92 year old male, not female. Regardless, still sad.

    I wonder if the fire is the reason why Adams Morgan/Columbia Heights was a traffic mess yesterday during rush hour. It was gridlock at 5pm.

    • prwo

      That’s why traffic was a mess last night–ungodly

  • Andy

    It was an older man who lived there for some time. Quite a gardener as you can tell from the mass potted plants out front and his greenhouse on the roof.

    16th st was closed from around a little after 3pm till sometime after 7pm, causing all sorts of traffic congestion around the area.

    Fire was pretty intense according to my wife who was home. We live on the other side of 16th, about 8 houses North. Smoke was everywhere (as she wreaked of it when she went back inside) and ashes were falling from the sky as it spread across.

    • spellingnazi


      • Andy

        yes, sorry, auto-correct.

  • Anonymous

    I saw on the local news that the fire hydrant was broken, but not labeled as broken. Not sure if that problem had any affect on the firefighting efforts.

    • adifferentspellingnazi


      (not intended as a criticism, just a public service)

  • I cannot believe that in front of the city’s largest apt building there is not a working fire hydrant. That is a d*mn shame!

  • Prince Of Petworth

    From DCFireems:

    “Update – 3602 16th St NW – cause – under investigation; damage est – $500K; no smoke alarm; 1 adult male -cause of death awaiting autopsy”

  • littlefield

    This is near the apartment that burned, and the cars and scooters that were torched. Looks like we have a firebug or a developer on our hands.


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