The fire that broke out early this morning at the beloved Capitol Hill dive Tune Inn caused roughly $75,000 worth of damage, according to the D.C. EMS. First reported around 7 a.m. this morning, the fire is thought to have begun in the bar's kitchen. Though some nine fire trucks were dispatched to the scene, the damage was contained and no one was injured.
Accounts from witnesses and worried patrons — some describing the fire catastrophic and Tune Inn a "black, charred mess" — have appeared on Twitter, but a bar staffer tells the Huffington Post such claims are overstated. "The extent of the damage was initially reported as catastrophic by distraught fans of the bar, but the front of the establishment remains largely undamaged," says writer Ryan Grim.
There are conflicting reports about when the bar might reopen. Staff told HuffPo the bar could be open within two weeks, but D.C. councilmember Tommy Wells tweeted that it would take "a couple months".
Recently named one of the best bars in America by Esquire, Tune Inn is a legendary Capitol Hill haunt, a favorite of congressional staffers and locals. Read our recent interview with owner Lisa Nardelli here.