Vietnam Memorial Booth Fire

Vietnam memorial from afar

We’re hearing of a fire incident near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from DC Fire/EMS Twitter and WUSA9. The memorial wall itself is safe, but a POW/MIA information kiosk (the one that stands along the path between the Vietnam Wall and Lincoln Memorial) was “totally destroyed,” and one occupant possibly injured. The fire seems to have started with the ignition of a propane tank for heating in the booth.

Latest tweet from DC Fire/EMS as of 12:20 AM: Update – Vietnam Vets Memorial MIA/POW Kiosk – totally destroyed – cause under investigation – EMS evaluating 1 occupant

Roving Asian mendicant, can occasionally be seen wandering the streets of downtown Washington, muttering unintelligible gibberish to passers-by while pushing a “bag lady” shopping cart full of old blankets, American flags, soda cans, and healthy secondhand snacks from organic food shop dumpsters. Used to live in a cardboard box at 16th and K but the rent was too expensive.

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