D.C. Firefighters Battle Yacht Club Blaze

WASHINGTON (NBC Washington) – The clubhouse of the District Yacht Club was destroyed by fire early Monday.

D.C. Fire and EMS responded to the scene in the 1400 block of Water Street SE, where they found the clubhouse on Boathouse Row engulfed in flames about 3:15 a.m. Monday, said D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo.

Despite intense flames and flying embers, crews were able to keep the blaze from spreading to the boats nearby, Maggiolo said.

Crews initially faced water supply challenges since the building is in an isolated area, but Maggiolo said crews were able to work around it. They used a fireboat to help knock down the flames.

“Extraordinary efforts” by firefighters contained the fire to the original structure, fire officials said on Twitter. But more than an hour later, firefighters were still battling hot spots from the building’s exterior.

The destroyed building had included a kitchen, lounge and workshop.

Yacht Club members said they had hosted a Christmas party for kids in the community at the clubhouse just the day before the fire.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do, because we use this [clubhouse] for everything,” said one member.

There were no reports of injuries or significant damage to boats.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

All lanes of Water St SE between 12th and M streets are blocked to traffic.


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