Firefighters save D.C. landmark where President Monroe lived

One firefighter suffered a minor injury

By Leila Merrill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday night, fire damaged structures connected to the back of a house that President James Monroe once lived in, the Washington Post reported.

A firefighter suffered a minor injury, said Vito Maggiolo, a spokesman for the D.C. fire department

The fire started in structures attached to the back of the home on the edge of the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Both of the added structures had significant damage, Maggiolo said, but firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to the main home.

Monroe lived there from 1811 to 1817. He was inaugurated as the country’s fifth president in 1817 and lived in the house for a time before moving to the White House.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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