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Electrical Fire Prompts Evacuations at The W and Willard Hotels in DC

August 16, 2010 at 8:31 AM | by | ()

UPDATE: Go here for some after-fire reactions from the Willard Hotel.

It was not quite the fun-filled Saturday night that guests of the W Hotel and Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, DC had in mind--although there were some sparks. An electrical fire broke out at around 8pm at 1400 block of F Street NW where both hotels are located. It appears a transformer below the sidewalk had blown out, causing the fire.

The hotels, both of which have over 300 rooms and are just blocks away from the White House, were evacuated immediately and a wedding reception scheduled for the Willard was moved to a nearby JW Marriott. The Washington Examiner reports:

Some 150 firemen converged on the blaze, dousing the W Hotel and an attached building with water to prevent damage, said [D.C. fire department spokesman Pete] Piringer.

Fortunately, no one was hurt and neither hotel was damaged. Power was restored to the area around 10pm that night and guests returned to their hotels around 11pm. There's no word on if the hotels gave the guests anything for their troubles but we're hoping at least a free cocktail was offered to soothe their nerves.

Were you a guest of the W or the Willard this past weekend? Let us know what happened!

[Photo: GW Hatchet Blog]

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