DC firefighters salvage historic DC landmark once used as presidential residence

Firefighters were able to prevent a historic DC structure that was once home to a U.S. president from being destroyed during a fire Tuesday night.

The fire was reported around noon. 19 in the 2000 block of I Street in Northwest DC in two additions to Cleveland Abbe House. The building has been home to many distinguished residents over the years – most notably the fifth President of the United States, James Monroe.

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Firefighters arrived and found that flames had broken out in two setbacks of the building, which were used as kitchen and food storage areas.

The crews were able to extinguish the flames and prevent the fire from spreading to the main structure of the building. Officials say a firefighter was transported with minor injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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