WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Flames ripped through a building known as a staple to the Anacostia’s Boathouse Row community. The devastating fire at the District Yacht Club even drew tweets from the City’s leaders.
Heavy flames ripped through the District Yacht Club structures at around 3 a.m. Monday morning. ATF, police and the Fire Department remained on scene for hours to investigate afterwards. A man with the Anacostia Watershed Society told WUSA9 the building, located on the 1400 block of Water St. SE, is a piece of D.C. history.
“[I’m] heartbroken you know. I’ve been coming down here since I was a little boy:16, 17, 18-years-old. I’m 72-years-old now. To see this happen like this, my heart is with the people that own the place because, there’s some good times there, you know,” said Steve Kinzer.
A D.C. Fire & EMS Spokesperson told WUSA9 they had trouble fighting the intense flames and flying embers. They had to bring in fireboats to attack the fire from the water.
On Facebook, the club describes itself as a ‘non-profit historical membership boat club.’ Kinzer told us for years, members would throw holiday events for the community’s children.
Mayor Bowers and the Ward 6 council member tweeted their condolences Monday morning calling this a D.C. institution.
I'm devastated by this news...so sorry to the members and neighbors of this DC institution. https://t.co/v2HFVx97hk— MurielBowser (@MurielBowser) December 19, 2016
Devastating loss. Glad there were no injuries, but DYC is an important part of the city's history with the river and Boathouse Row. https://t.co/3KrJXfQDZe— Charles Allen (@CharlesAllenW6) December 19, 2016
Firefighters received the 911 call at around 3:13 a.m. Monday morning.
“Just beginning open up things on the Anacostia River, what can I say you know? Prayers with them,” said Kinzer.
Thankfully no one was injured. Multiple buildings appeared to be involved. DC Fire says the area destroyed includes a main kitchen area, a lounge and what’s known as the cottage.