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Fire destroys one of the Tiffey Townhomes on Arkansas Avenue NW

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photos by Michael K. Wilkinson

Thanks to Michael for sending:

“Bad day on Arkansas Avenue Saturday. About 2:15 in the afternoon, a fire broke out on the front porch/balcony of one of the houses in our row (built 1939-1941, architect Joseph Abel). The fire damaged a significant portion of the front of the house, and fire rescue efforts led to smashed windows front and rear from top to bottom and sledgehammered/crow-barred roofs on 2nd and 3rd floors. Significant water damage as well. The house was occupied by one person on the upper floors and one person in a rental apartment on the ground floor, and everyone got out safely. Homeowner’s small Yorkshire terrier was rescued, like in a movie, by a firefighter, who brought the dog to the homeowner among cheers from the crowd of onlookers. Everyone was very worried for the dog up until that moment. A bright moment in an otherwise dark afternoon.”

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