Flames lit up the night sky over the Anacostia section of the nation's capital on Thursday, August 25, 2005 as fire devoured a two story, vacant commercial building.
Washington, D.C. firefighters responding to the 11 p.m. call found a heavy fire conditions on the first floor of the 100x100 structure. An initial interior attack had to be quickly abandoned due to the severe fire conditions and decrepit condition of the structure.
An exterior attack was than mounted, utilizing a tower ladder, two ladder pipes, and several 2.5 handlines. It took 12 engines, 5 trucks, 2 heavy rescues, hazmat unit, and several other special units and command personnel to bring the blaze under control.