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Posted at 9:16 AM ET, 12/27/2010

Fire, explosion displaces Capitol Hill family

By Allison Klein
Allison Klein

A Sunday night fire on Capitol Hill that caused a bay window explosion displaced a neighboring family of four.

The fire started in the 800 block of 10th Street NE when a plumbing renovation project caused piping to catch fire in a home in the middle of the block about 9:45 p.m., said Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the D.C. Fire/EMS department.

A passerby saw flames and called 911. After firefighters arrived, the second-floor bay window in a house next door exploded and collapsed onto a porch below.

Neither home was occupied and there were no injuries. But another house on the block took on smoke and water damage, displacing a family with two children, Piringer said.

The total damage was estimated at $600,000.

By Allison Klein  | December 27, 2010; 9:16 AM ET
Categories:  Allison Klein, Fires & Fire Safety, The District  
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