WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A four-alarm fire  at the historic Frager’s Hardware store in Capitol Hill, the smoke from which could be seen from around the District before sunset Wednesday, has been knocked down.

It burned for about three hours before firefighters we able to get it under control.

PHOTOS: Fire at Frager’s Hardware

Everyone who was in the building when the fire started got out safely but two firefighters sustained non-life threatening injuries fighting the blaze.

Bystanders tell WNEW’s George Mesthos that damage to the building is heartbreaking, as Frager’s is a city landmark.

According to the store’s website, it has been at that location since it opened in 1920.

Pennsylvania Avenue SE  between 8th and 14th Streets will remain blocked in both directions until the fire investigation is completed, according to D.C. police.

This story will be updated as more details become available.

WNEW’s George Mesthos contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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