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Ronald Reagan Building partially reopens after grease fire

February 15, 2011 - 06:55 AM
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14th Street was closed between Constitution and Pennsylvania Aves due to a fire at the Ronald Reagan building. (Photo by @MsFiremoney)
14th Street was closed between Constitution and Pennsylvania Aves due to a fire at the Ronald Reagan building. (Photo by @MsFiremoney)

This story has been updated.

The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in downtown Washington has partially reopened following a grease fire inside a restaurant on the building's concourse level.

Portions of the building housing the U.S. Agency for International Development remain closed due to damage to some walls, but repairs should be completed by 3 p.m., Washington Post reports. 

Firefighters responded to the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday after reports of smoke on the roof of the building. Upon arrival, crews found smoke in the food court area and it was determined that the fire started in the kitchen of the Cajun Grill. The fire was in areas of the duct work. Officials say some grease buildup accumulated and caught fire. The building was evacuated.

D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says there was moderate damage to the building, AP reports. But the fire has been cleared, and crews used thermal imaging to make sure all the hotspots were out.

The eastbound lanes of Pennsylvania Avenue between 14th Street and Constitution Avenue have reopened.

No injuries have been reported.


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