1530 3rd St NW- After the Fire

1530 and other 1500blk of 3rd St NW

To be crossposted at Vacant Properties blog.

My own memory of 1530 3rd St NW is that there was a house fire, and the story I had heard was that the woman who lived there was out for Bible Study and came home to find it ablaze. I also heard she was a hoarder, which may or may not have been true but that was the story I heard at that time. The fire was on April 9, 2008 according to DCFire. They have pictures of the fire, where you can see the top floor aflame. DC Fire also says that there was a report of people being trapped, they don't say if that report was confirmed, just that there were no injuries.

I also thought a bank took control of the property. But like another property I know of, where the bank has taken physical control but hasn't bothered to tell the city, this remains in the old owner's name. It is in the name of John K. Jones, a name common enough I'm not going to bother trying to hunt down, and the owner's mailing address is 1530 3rd St NW. Not only vacant but abandoned. However, somebody has been paying the taxes. There were big tens of thousands sized tax bills for 2009, 2011 and 2012. The Tax Assessment database shows information about the taxes and also that in 2012 there was a water and sewer lein placed on the property. This appears to be an off year where the house get's charged at the normal non-blighted rate. DCRA's PIVS system doesn't show any permits for the house since the fire. There have been 2 BCIB inspections, one being last year, and is on the Vacant and Blighted list.

It has been about 5 years since the fire, this property needs to be sold so a developer could put it to good use. There is a lot of square footage in the building and it is very tall, the shell should be worth a lot. 


I live next door to this property, so I can fill in a few blanks. John Jones was a very nice fellow who passed away probably around 2006. His sister continued to live there until the fire. She was also very nice, but was quite the hoarder. There was no one trapped in the house during the fire. Mr. Jones did not have legs, so he had some prostheses. The first firemen into the house saw the prosthetic legs in the blaze and mistook them for a person. Luckily nobody was hurt.

As for the bank that owns it, I don't know what they plan on doing.

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