Firefighters are on the scene of a fire in the basement of historic St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington D.C.

The church has been there since 1816.

The historic church is across Lafayette Square from the White House.

Reports that the church was engulfed in flames were premature.

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The basement was on fire according to DC Fire and EMS:

Video of the fire:

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A Washington Post reporter tweeted:

“It is unclear how it started.”

D.C. is a tinderbox ready to blow:


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