Minkoff Company employees engaged in fire restoration at Frager's Hardware. Photo: Andrew Lightman
Having wrapped up their investigation, DC Fire Marshals have departed Frager's Hardware. They have yet to determine the conflagration’s cause of the tragic June 5th fire stated Kristin Sampson, Frager's spokesperson.
Paul Davis Restoration and Minkoff Company, Inc. are spearheading the fire restoration effort. Six 30-ton dumpsters of debris have been removed from the property. Hazardous materials are being disposed of separately, Sampson said.
The insurance adjusters and structural engineers are now assessing the extent of the property damage.
The second floor is largely gone. The areas near the receiving area on the eastern side of the structure were most severely impacted. The paint and rental stores largely suffered smoke and water damage. The key machine has been salvaged, Sampson confirmed.
Frager's employees have removed most of the rental equipment from that department's small yard. The gear is being cleaned, refurbished or replaced as needed.
Some Sales Resume at 1115 Pennsylvania Ave.
Frager's is now permitted to sell mulch, Virginia lime, propane and some building materials at the store's original site at 1115 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Customers are not allowed on the property. Orders are taken at the gate and delivered directly to customer vehicles. Only credit cards and credit on house accounts are accepted.
The new pop-up Garden Center next to historic Eastern Market has been a success. Sales are strong, stated Sampson.
The 1115 Pennsylvania location and the Garden Center are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.