Small fire burns basement of Chinatown association building

A small fire burned a basement apartment Thursday night in Chinatown, D.C. authorities said.

A police officer spotted the blaze in the 500 block of I Street NW, in the basement of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association building, about 8:30 p.m. and called in the emergency, said Officer Hugh Carew, a police spokesman. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and no injuries were reported, fire officials said.

Authorities shut down the 500 block of I Street for more than an hour.

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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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