At around 12:30 p.m., a fire broke out behind Hook restaurant on the 3200 block of M Street. Smoke poured out into the street, causing damage to nearby Saloun and Tackle Box.
Firetrucks arrived on the scene fifteen minutes later, closing off the block while they tried to fight the blaze. According to D.C. Fire & EMS spokesman Pete Piringer, nearly 100 firefighters responded to the emergency. The fire was largely extinguished by 1:00 p.m.
All employees and patrons were successfully evacuated, according to Hook and Tackle Box spokeswoman Dannia Hakki. Hook suffered severe damage, and both restaurants will remained closed for the next couple of days.
h/t Georgetown Patch, Photo by Lauren Sausser