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Posted at 5:44 PM ET, 05/ 8/2010

Fire at GW sorority house

By Terri Rupar

Fire broke out late Saturday afternoon in a sorority house on the George Washington University campus, drawing a large-scale fire department response that filled a main thoroughfare in the Foggy Bottom area with fire equipment.

The blaze broke out a few minutes before 5 p.m. in a third-floor bedroom of a building in the 600 block of 23rd Street NW, said Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the D.C. fire and emergency services department.

He said the fire was confined to the room where it began, and no injuries were reported. The building was evacuated, he said.

An area resident, Donald Kreuzer, said that at one point, flames shot from a window of the building, which is on the east side of the street, across the street from a high-rise dormitory.

Firefighters on ladders swarmed over the structure, and many residents of the area stood nearby, watching. The dollar amount of damage was not clear.

The site of the fire is about half waybetween Washington Circle to the north and the Lincoln Memorial to the south.

--Martin Weil

By Terri Rupar  | May 8, 2010; 5:44 PM ET
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