D.C. Superior Court’s main building closed Tuesday after fire

D.C. Superior Court’s main courthouse closed Tuesday as a result of a small fire in the main courthouse and subsequent water and smoke damage.

The fire started when a microwave oven ignited on the building’s lower level, and spread tot he wiring, officials said. The blaze triggered the building’s sprinkler system. No injuries were reported.

A court spokeswoman said all proceedings in the courthouse, at 500 Indiana Ave. NW, are postponed until Wednesday. Jurors who were involved in cases that were being heard in the main courthouse should not report until then.

However, cases being heard in other buildings across the street from the main courthouse such as in landlord and tenant, small claims and probate courts, will proceed as scheduled Tuesday.

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Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.
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