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Posted at 4:15 PM ET, 03/16/2010

Fire in Dupont Circle forces evacuations

By Washington Post editors

Traffic in the Dupont Circle area could be snarled into the evening rush hour as D.C. firefighters finish dealing with a blaze that broke out Tuesday afternoon in the duct work of a 10-story office building, a fire department spokesman said.

The spokesman, Pete Piringer, said the two-alarm fire at 1320 19th Street NW was brought under control within a few hours, but dozens of firefighters and their apparatus were still at the scene at 4 p.m. as a mop-up operation continued.

Scores of people were evacuated for the building, Piringer said, but no one was injured.

We Love D.C. has video of the blaze.

-- Paul Duggan

(This post was updated from the original.)

By Washington Post editors  | March 16, 2010; 4:15 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Traffic and Transportation  
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