Fire Breaks Out in Rosedale Row House

by October 8, 2015 at 10:40 am 0

Firefighters rushed to Rosedale last night to put out a blaze that hit a row house.

The fire was reported in a room on the second floor of the house at 1638 Kramer Street NE, the District of Columbia Firefighters Association tweeted about 7:15 p.m. By 8:30 p.m., firefighters had extinguished the blaze.

No injuries were reported, D.C. Fire and EMS Department spokesman Oscar Mendez confirmed. But four adults were displaced after the fire. At least some of them were in the house at the time of the blaze, said neighbor Maureen Benitz, who called 911 to report the fire.

“It smelled kind of like someone was having a barbecue,” said Benitz, 36. “It had that plasticky propane smell. But I didn’t see anything on fire.”

The cause of the fire still is under investigation, Mendez said.

On Kramer Street this morning, the front windows of the house hit by the fire were boarded up and a blue tarp hung over the rear exterior of the second floor. Charred wood, insulation and other debris also covered a deck in the back.

“It’s eerie how there is no damage to my house,” said Benitz, who has lived on Kramer Street for 10 years. “These houses are like tinder boxes. If flames had started jumping from deck to deck, it could’ve set the whole block on fire.”


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