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About All Those Fire Trucks Earlier this Morning – 3 Alarm fire in the 5800 blk Colorado Ave NW.

by Prince Of Petworth March 22, 2017 at 9:30 am 9 Comments

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Thanks to Wendy for sending: “The place next door to the Brightwood Lofts has been abandoned a while, and this morning my dog and I woke up to find it on fire.”

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More video and photos from DCFD after the jump.

  • Ben

    Well that’s one way to get around a raze permit….

  • Anon

    I have a vacant/boarded up row house two doors down which is apparently owned by siblings who can’t agree on what to do with the property. Its been this way since I moved in 4 years ago and apparently for years before that. What occurred in this post is my nightmare scenario. Any suggestions on motivating the owners to sell or do something productive with the property? I’ve contacted our councilperson in the past, who “helped” by having the house assessed as vacant. Unfortunately they don’t seemed very motivated by tax assessments as their current delinquency is over $80,000. Being an eyesore on an otherwise attractive block is one thing, but my biggest concern is what happened here and potential damage to its neighbors.

    • textdoc

      “Any suggestions on motivating the owners to sell or do something productive with the property?” I doubt there’s really anything you can do when heirs to an estate can’t agree on what to do with a property.
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      Is the situation on the radar of your ANC rep and MOCR (Mayor’s Office of Community Relations) rep for your ward, as well as on your councilmember’s radar?

      • Anon

        Council member to the degree that multiple neighbors have contacted him– but not necessarily hounded him; ANC rep actually lives on the same block; MOCR– no idea, I haven’t personally reached out.

        • textdoc

          Some MOCR reps are really good — try contacting yours to see if he/she can help.

          • anon

            thanks for the advice– I will reach out.

  • Ashley

    We live beside this building and call the city every time we see someone trespass and go in. The crackheads that have been staying in the alley behind it go in through one of the windows or up through the basement. This has been going on for about a year now to give you a sense of the timeline. I am glad it did not damage our building but I am sorry that the firefighter was hurt.

  • reality

    Sad and scary

    • reality

      As a side note – I lived next to an abandoned rowhouse for several years and people who break in nightly and start fires to keep warm. My fear was something like this happening.

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