Frager’s on fire


The interior of the 93-year-old hardware store is a total loss. (Michelle Boorstein/The Washington Post)

The walls of Frager’s Hardware still stand this morning along the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, but not much else has been saved. A devastating fire ripped through the three-building Frager’s complex at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, with flames were still visible four hours later. It is the latest blow dealt by conflagration to a beloved Capitol Hill landmark. And like Eastern Market and the Tune Inn, folks are vowing to rebuild.

All those inside the store escaped, but two firefighters suffered minor injuries, and now about 60 Frager’s employees are out of jobs. Neighbors, officials and store representatives are meeting today to plan the response; we’ll have details soon on how you can help. More from WUSA-TVWJLA-TVWAMU-FMDCistHill RagCapitol Hill Corner and The Hill Is Home.

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Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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Mike DeBonis · June 5, 2013