WASHINGTON — More than 100 firefighters have been battling a 4-alarm fire in a Capitol Hill hardware store that sent up plumes of smoke that could be seen for miles in Washington.
The fire broke out at Frager's Hardware about 6 p.m. Wednesday. NBC4 in Washington reports that crews arrived to find flames bursting through the roof.
The blaze spread to three other buildings, and firefighters said other buildings were in danger of catching fire.
Dark smoke from the fire drifted over the U.S. Capitol dome. No injuries were reported.
John Weintraub, one of the owners of Frager's, tells WJLA-TV that the fire started in a lumber area on the side of the store.
D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells tells WTOP Radio that the fire started fast and has moved quickly.
The store was established more than 90 years ago.
Smoke from paint store roof attracts neighbors
I took this picture around 6:45 p.m., shortly after the fire started.
More flames started shooting out of the roof
Police asked everyone to get on the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue. Soon it got too smoky to breathe even on the other side of the street.
Column of smoke
People could see the smoke from the Supreme Court, from Nationals Park, from Georgetown, from everywhere.
Smoke covers neighborhood
There was SO MUCH smoke throughout Capitol Hill. Much more smoke than I remember at the Eastern Market fire in 2007.
D.C. mayor leaves the scene
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray seen walking away from the scene shortly before midnight as firefighters continued shooting water into the building.
The view from outside the Capitol, with smoke over the Supreme Court
View of the smoke from D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood
Smoke seen from D.C.'s U Street, about 3.5 miles from the fire
More smoke seen from D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood