October 14, 1996 |
Federal and District of Columbia investigators have ruled arson as the cause of six predawn fires Sunday that injured five people and caused $1 million in damage at a luxury hotel. Capt. Alvin Carter, spokesman for the city Fire Department, said Sunday night that officials have a suspect, but no charges have been filed. Fire Department sources who asked not to be identified by name said the suspect is a former hotel employee.
June 27, 1996 |
A fire in the Treasury Building was brought under control about 3 1/2 hours after hundreds of government workers were evacuated from the stately 19th century building next to the White House. The fire erupted on the roof of the 125-year-old structure in the afternoon, and fire officials said heavy smoke filled the top floor and basement of the five-story building. Dense smoke could be seen billowing from the roof three hours after the fire began.
December 2, 1990 |
Workers using a propane torch to remove paint from an outside window at the White House on Saturday touched off a small fire adjacent to the Oval Office, officials said. There were no injuries and damage was minimal. President Bush and his wife, Barbara, were spending the weekend at the presidential retreat at Camp David, Md.
June 6, 1989 |
Four blocks of downtown Washington office buildings were without power Monday after an early-morning fire knocked out six major electrical feeder cables. About 170 customers in up to 60 major buildings were affected, including the offices of the CBS News Washington bureau, MCI Communications corporate offices and the Federal Communications Commission. No injuries were reported.
February 14, 1989 |
Fire investigators on Monday said an improperly installed fireplace caused a fire that did an estimated $75,000 damage to the home of former National Security Adviser Robert C. McFarlane. The fire broke out Sunday afternoon at the townhouse of McFarlane and his wife, Jonda, in the Georgetown section of the city, officials said. No one was injured.
May 11, 1988 |
The House on Tuesday created a four-member committee to investigate a fire last week in the congressional office of Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.) and to study fire safety in the Capitol and three House office buildings. The committee was proposed by Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), a former volunteer firefighter who attempted unsuccessfully to extinguish the fire last Thursday in the Longworth House Office Building.