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Posted at 8:34 AM ET, 06/21/2010

Busy night for D.C. firefighters

By Mike McPhate
The Argonaut Bar was severely damaged. (Reader photo)

District firefighters responded to three blazes in a span of six hours beginning late Sunday, the same day a morning fire tore through a popular hangout on H Street NE.

Two firefighters were injured and two families displaced in the string of fires that began about 10:30 p.m. -- all of them in Northeast Washington.

The first blaze spread across the roof of a 100-foot-tall warehouse in the 2200 block of Lawrence Ave. NE, Pete Piringer, a spokesman for D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Service, said. Firefighters were able to knock down the large blaze without injuries.

About five hours later, two residential fires broke out within about 30 minutes of each other. The first spread from the bedroom of a single-family home in the 4600 block of Central Avenue NE, Piringer said. A firefighter suffered a burn to his hand as he battled the blaze when an ember slipped into his glove.

A short time later, a fire broke out on a porch and spread to the second floor of a home in the 2200 block of S Street NE. A firefighter was injured when a piece of ceiling fell during the blaze, Piringer said.

Neither firefighter's injuries are life threatening, he said.

The busy night followed a busy morning Sunday, when a fire that appears to have begun in a kitchen ravaged the Argonaut Bar at H Street NE and Maryland Avenue. The severely damaged property has been closed, and D.C. authorities are investigating the cause.

-- Mike McPhate

By Mike McPhate  | June 21, 2010; 8:34 AM ET
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  fire, washington  
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