Crews knock down warehouse wall, tackle hotspots after major fire in NW D.C.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - D.C. Fire and EMS stayed on scene all day Thursday, continuing to deal with the aftermath of Wednesday's major fire.

They received the call to the fire at the District Property warehouse on around 3:16 p.m. on Chillum Place, and battled flames into the night.

On Thursday, the contractor for the building's insurance company brought in heavy equipment to knock the down the back wall of the building, which runs along Metro and train tracks.

"It was an unstable wall, there had already been a collapse, our concern was that it could come down suddenly and pose a hazard to passing rail traffic," says D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson, Vito Maggiolo.

There were some delays for metro riders as a result, including single-tracking on the Red Line.

Fire crews also continued to battle hot spots in the building, but Maggiolo says they were attacking from the outside because the building was still unsafe to go in.

A U.S. Post Office distribution center sits next to the warehouse.

Fire crews say there was no damage inside the building, however many employees have their cars parked in the lot above and now have no way to get down.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but at this time, D.C. Fire and EMS say they have no reason to believe there was anything suspicious about the fire.

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