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Fire at Four Seasons Disrupts Weddings, Protesters
Sonya Bernhardt -- The Georgetowner Newspaper Sonya Bernhardt -- The Georgetowner Newspaper
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Georgetown, DC
Sunday, August 16, 2020

Bride Kelly Kimball and groom Josh Raftis pose with Metro Police officers. Photo by Robert Devaney.

A fire broke in the ductwork of the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown just before 5 p.m. Saturday disrupting two wedding receptions, one protest, nearby businesses and spreading smoke in the neighborhood.

Jose Bera, one of the spa managers at the Four Seasons Hotel at 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in Georgetown, was preparing the pool and spa for guests when the hotel’s emergency siren started to wail.  “Attention!  Attention!  This is an emergency fire alert.  Please evacuate the building!  Do not take an elevator!  Attention! Attention!”

Bera looked up through the large glass sky-light windows two stories above the pool and gasped. “Smoke was covering the sky light and darkening the sky,” he said. “The thick smoke was coming from the roof top just behind the spa where the hotel’s Bourbon Steak restaurant was located,” Bera told this Georgetowner Newspaper correspondent who happened to be on the scene shortly after the fire broke out, apparently in a faulty air filtering system on the roof.

Hotel employees joined guests outside the hotel as D.C. Fire & EMS responded with trucks, equipment and firefighters.  At the hotel entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue, firemen were climbing the fire truck’s ladder to examine the roof.

Metropolitan Police officers roped off the entrance with yellow tape and posed for photographs with one of the wedding parties. Bride Kelly Kimball and groom Josh Raftis arrived after exchanging vows at Georgetown University. The bride’s face covering matched the pattern of her gown.

Meanwhile, Metro busses waited on M Street to move and then proceeded along residential streets. As residents looked over to the multitude of fire apparatus in front of the hotel, few paid attention to the 30 weekly protesters — this time, bicyclists dressed in black who filled M Street on their way to block Key Bridge traffic. Police were active along the streets and rerouted traffic.

An Aug. 15 fire at the Four Seasons in Georgetown shut down the hotel and a few neighborhood streets. Georgetowner photo.
The D.C. Fire Department directed at five fire companies to the Four Seasons Aug. 15. Georgetowner photo.
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