Early video: Water supply issues at DC yacht club fire

Flames ripped through a building known as a staple to the Anacostia’s Boathouse Row community. The devastating fire at the District Yacht Club even drew tweets from the City’s leaders.

A D.C. Fire & EMS Spokesperson told WUSA9 they had trouble fighting the intense flames and flying embers. They had to bring in fireboats to attack the fire from the water.


D.C. firefighters responded to the blaze on the 1400 block of Water Street SE about 3:15 a.m., D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo said.

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.

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