A dramatic response to a kitchen fire that began at Wingo’s eatery at 3207 O St. NW and jumped to the English Rose Garden florist next door blocked streets around the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and O Street around 11 a.m. today. More than 20 fire trucks and other fire apparatus lined the avenue from N to P Street for the two-alarm fire that threatened to spread.
The D.C. Fire and EMS Department got the call just before 11 a.m. and announced that that fire was knocked down just before 1 p.m. — after a show of overwhelming firefighting force. Two firefighters were checked out by medics — one for heat exhaustion and another for being hit by a object inside the building.
As onlookers stood on the south side of the 3200 block of O Street and on the east side of Wisconsin Avenue, firefighters attacked the fire at Wingo’s and climbed on roofs of businesses, such as that of the clothing store at the corner of Wisconsin and O, Prince & Princess, which suffered significant smoke damage. Firefighters continued to check for fire in concealed spaces between the buildings and other hot spots.
The fire destroyed Wingo’s and the English Rose Garden. The cats at the next door Crumbs & Whiskers were unaffected by the fire. Now comes the cleanup for the streets and the affected shops. The loss of Wingo’s may upset its fans, but they can look to another Wingo’s, which is planned to take the place of the shuttered Mad Fox in Glover Park.