Frager's fire: Demolition application filed for burned hardware store buildings

Officials believe a cigarette butt caused Frager's to go up in flames on June 5. Photo: Van Applegate

The owner of Frager's Hardware, the iconic Capitol Hill home store which burned in a large fire in early June, has filed applications to demolish the buildings it once housed.

The Washington Business Journal repots that John Weintraub filed two applications in late July to raze two buildings the two buildings that comprised Frager's on Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast.

However, while the buildings themselves are not city landmarks, the property sits within the Capitol Hill Historic District. Any applications to bring down buildings in that area have to be approved by a review board.

Fire officials say that a discarded cigarette butt in the store's lumber area caused the massive June 5 fire that all-but-destroyed the inside of the store, which originally opened on Capitol Hill in 1920. The large plume of smoke could be seen throughout the District of Columbia, which the store served for nearly a century.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while fighting the fire.