Residents of two downtown-area buildings were displaced from their homes when a fire spread to the structures late Thursday afternoon.
The affected 2 1/2-story structures were at 807 Harriet Ave. NW and a triplex with the addresses of 1009 and 1011 Eighth St. NW. About 12 to 15 yards separate the two buildings. The fire appeared to have started in a garage just west of 807 Harriet Ave. NW, according to the city Fire Department.
“There was a garage between the two structures,” Acting Battalion Chief Ray Friedmann said. “I believe that is where it started. It pretty much burned it to the ground. By the time we got here, the wind was kind of pushing the fire. That is what caused it to spread to the two houses.”
Firefighters responded shortly after 5:45 p.m. Thursday. There were no injuries to the residents. During the early moments of the fire, smoke was visible downtown. The neighborhood is about three-quarters of a mile northwest of downtown.