GW Frat House Catches Fire, Closes Streets

Tuesday, May 17, 2011  |  Updated 7:54 PM EDT
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GW Frat House Catches Fire, Closes Streets

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A fire that broke out at a George Washington University fraternity house caused significant damage a week after most students moved out.

D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said a student moving into the house reported smelling smoke Tuesday afternoon at the Zeta Beta Tau house on the GW campus.

Several streets around the Foggy Bottom campus remain closed for the evening rush hour due to the fire.

Piringer said it took firefighters time to find where the fire was burning. They discovered the blaze in the walls and into the attic. No one was injured. Damage at the house is significant, making it uninhabitable.

Piringer said the fire appears to be accidental, but authorities are still investigating the cause.

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