Washington, DC


via DC Fire & EMS

“Dear PoPville,

As people take home-vacations during the pandemic I really want to remind folks how important it is to wear a lifejacket, regardless of how calm the waters are or how good of a swimmer you are. Thanks.”

DC Fire & EMS reported starting at 6:14pm: “Water rescue Potomac River vicinity Joint Base Bolling. Credible report of 3 people who fell from vessel and have not resurfaced. #DCsBravest Fireboats and other units + @DCPoliceDept Harbor Division conducting active search.”

at 8pm they reported: “Update Potomac River water rescue. Sadly, after an extensive water, land and air search for over 2 hours, this incident has transitioned to a recovery operation. 3 adult males remain missing. Read More

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Photo by Colin Etnire

Colin was first to report just after 6:30pm:

“there was this loud explosion on eckington and florida followed by this plume of ominous smoke…anyone know what’s up? DCFD was already on the scene when it happened.”

AK writes: “Not great lighting but more of the fire next to the Sirius XM building. I called 911 about 20 minutes ago [7:14pm] when I heard/saw a manhole explosion that caused a surge that killed my computer/tv/lights. It’s gotten bigger since then.”

Brianna reported: “Man hole exploded just north of the Wendy’s at NY and Florida Ave. Florida Ave is blocked off with a huge fire response. Several manhole covers flew very high up and came crashing down on several vehicles (one severely damaged vehicle to the far right of the photo). Active fire pictured to the far left next to the tree”

From DCFD:

“Update manhole Fire 1500 block Eckington Pl. NE. #DCsBravest are conducting a precautionary evacuation of the building housing Sirius XM studios, directly adjacent to burning manhole. @PepcoConnect advises they have cut power to the affected feeder & fire seems to be subsiding.” Read More

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14th and T Street, NW

Thanks to Aimee for sending from Matchbox just before 10pm Saturday: “Large fire truck presence at Matchbox on 14th.”


Photo by Charlie A

DC Fire & EMS reported: “Update First Alarm 14th & T Sts NW. #DCsBravest confined fire to pizza oven flu and under control. No injuries.

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Thanks to Nicole for sending from SW.

And Catherine reports: “looks like some kind of fire right on the SW side of S. Capitol street”

From ALERTDC: “DC FEMS reports a road closure in the 1200 block of 1st Street SW due to fire activity. Please avoid the area.”

UPDATE, DC Fire & EMS reports: “Working Fire 1200 block 1st Street SW. Fire 1st floor of 2 story row. #DCsBravest have fire knocked down. Checking for extension and searching for any possible victims inside.” Read More

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7th and Rhode Island Ave, NW by DC Fire and EMS

Thanks to Shawness for reporting: “Woke up to smelling smoke at 4:30….found the 7-11 at 7th and Rhode Island had burned. Huge response by fire department. Looks like severe damage.”

DC Fire and EMS reported: “Update Working Fire 7-11 Rhode Island Ave & 7th St NW. #DCsBravest have the fire under control with no injuries. Investigators on scene to determine cause.”

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