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Grease Fire Causes Gridlock In Washington DC

Grease Fire Causes Gridlock In Washington DC

A grease fire broke out in the Ronald Reagan Building food court, fire officials say. (AP)

February 15, 2011

WASHINGTON — All lanes of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue have reopened, following a fire Tuesday morning that shut down streets around the Ronald Reagan Building.

The fire had closed 14th Street entirely between Pennsylvania and Constitution avenues. Eastbound Pennsylvania Avenue at 14th Street was also closed.

Only certain maintenance staff is allowed to reenter the building, WTOP’s Neal Augenstein reports. Guards are telling other building employees they will not be allowed access until after 11 a.m.

The Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Cisco Systems are among some of the tenants of the building on Freedom Plaza.

A grease fire broke out in the building’s food court early Tuesday morning, D.C. Fire & EMS tell WTOP. Firefighters got the fire under control after it got into the duct work.

All of these ducts had to be checked for fires before the building could be cleared, D.C. Fire spokesperson Pete Piringer tells WTOP.

D.C. Fire left the scene after 9 a.m.

No one has been injured.

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