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2 Wedding Parties Evacuated From Four Seasons in DC Due to Fire

Fire in ductwork originated in restaurant

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A D.C. hotel was evacuated due to a fire Saturday afternoon.

Two wedding parties were among the evacuations at the Four Seasons Hotel in the 2800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW, according to D.C. Fire and EMS.

“They had to jump through hoops to be able to have a wedding reception in the COVID era, and so they were finally able to accomplish this and then a fire breaks out,” said Vito Maggiolo of D.C. Fire and EMS.

One of the weddings took place much later in the courtyard.

A couple gets married in the courtyard of the Four Seasons after a fire forced the evacuation of the hotel.
Jacob Lefkowitz
A couple gets married in the courtyard of the Four Seasons after a fire forced the evacuation of the hotel.

“I heard somebody say a code red, and all of a sudden they asked us to evacuate the hotel and we were out in the courtyard and I saw smoke coming from the top of the building,” best man Jacob Lefkowitz said.

One wedding reception was relocated to another hotel in town. Hotel management scrambled to make arrangements and keep everyone comfortable.

Guests eventually were allowed back in to the hotel to retrieve their belongings.

Firefighters responded to reports of smoke at the hotel before 5 p.m. and found heavy smoke coming from the exhaust on the roof and smoke on the first floor of the building.

Photos: 2 Wedding Parties Evacuated From Four Seasons in DC Due to Fire

They found fire in ductwork. It originated in a ground level restaurant.

Streets in the busy part of Georgetown were closed for hours.

No injuries were reported.

There's no word on when guest will be able to stay at the hotel.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A bride and groom and two police officers stand behind yellow tape at the Four Seasons Hotel after its evacuation.
DC Fire & EMS
A bride and groom and two police officers stand behind yellow tape at the Four Seasons Hotel after its evacuation.
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