Fire at farmers’ market in Northeast D.C.

October 20, 2011

A fire broke out Thursday night inside the farmers’ market in Northeast Washington, authorities said.

Officials received a call to respond to the 1300 block of 5th Street NE about 8:45 p.m. No injuries were immediately reported.

Firefighters found heavy smoke coming from inside the market and had to saw through metal security gates to get inside, said Asst. Chief Tim Gerhart. Once inside, firefighters found a small fire at about two stalls and extinguished it in a short time, Gerhart said.

No one was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Some businesses inside the market, including food vendors, may not be able to open Friday due to smoke damage, officials said.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
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