Streets reopen after Frager’s Hardware fire on Capitol Hill

June 6, 2013
Capitol Hill residents watch as smoke billows from Frager’s Hardware, a quirky and popular 93-year-old neighborhood institution. (Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post)

4:40 p.m. update: The eastbound lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue SE have reopened. The curb lane is still blocked near the scene, according to D.C. police.

— Mark Berman

Original post: Several streets in the Capitol Hill neighborhood are closed following the four-alarm fire that nearly destroyed Frager’s Hardware Wednesday night.

The eastbound lanes of Pennsylvania Avenue from 10th to 12th streets SE, northbound 11th and 12th streets at G Street SE, and E Street at 10th Street SE are all closed Thursday morning, according to authorities.

Drivers are urged to avoid the area and consider alternate routes, such as Benning Road, East Capitol Street, Route 295 or I-695 (11th Street Bridge).

Pedestrians and people who use public transportation could also face roadblocks or delays in the area.

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