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Fire Devastates Frager’s, Fund Set Up For Donations, Street Closures Remain

by Prince Of Petworth June 6, 2013 at 8:54 am 73 Comments

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1115 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

A reader sends these heart breaking photos of Frager’s this morning. Last night Frager’s wrote:

“Yes, there was a fire at Frager’s. Everyone got out safely, and we are grateful for that. We will get together tomorrow and figure out how to proceed after this terrible fire, but we want to thank you for all your emails, web submissions, and above all, the hugs from so many who we met after the fire. Please stay with us while we sort this out, and thanks!”

For those who want to help, a reader sends:

Tax-Deductible Fund for Frager’s Hardware Fire

The Capitol Hill Community Foundation has set up a donation fund for Frager’s. Contributions are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.

From their website:

Frager’s Fund Needs Your Support

A special fund is being created to provide help as needed in the aftermath of the June 5th Frager’s Hardware Fire. To make a contribution, click on the Donate button and write “Frager’s” in the Dedication section.

LINK TO DONATE

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From DDOT:

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Metropolitan Police Department would like to inform the public that the following streets will be closed due to a structure fire in the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

· Pennsylvania Avenue from 10th to 12th Streets, SE (eastbound closed)
· 11th and 12th Streets (northbound) at G Street, SE
· E Street at 10th Street, SE

**Pennsylvania Avenue (westbound) is open**

Ed. Note: Huge props and respect to the firefighters who battled the four alarm fire. Two firefighters were injured. Wishing them a speedy recovery.

Thanks to all who emailed photos to my princeofpetworth(at) gmail account, tweeted updates to @PoPville, and uploaded photos to the PoPville flickr pool.

Looking forward to posting about rebuilding plans soon.

Update from Matchbox:

In light of the devastating fire at Frager’s Hardware near Eastern Market, the Barrack’s Row location of matchbox (521 8th Street SE) will host open interviews for employees and neighbors affected by the fire and who are in need of temporary work. From 2pm to 5pm this afternoon matchbox management, led by Fred Herrmann, Vice President of Operations for the local restaurant group, will host interviews for all interested candidates affected by the fire.

“Frager’s has been a part of our community for longer than most of us have been here. We want to do what little we can to help alleviate the pain the store’s employees and families are already experiencing, and intend to continue our help for as long as and in whatever ways possible,” Herrmann said.

The recent addition to the board of Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, Herrmann plans to involve the restaurant group in the reconstruction in whatever capacity possible after the damage has been assessed and employees are placed in ongoing work.

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