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Georgetown restaurant fire damages several businesses

Wednesday - 6/29/2011, 6:45pm  ET

A view of the fire at Hook Restaurant on M Street. (Photo Courtesy of Clyde's Restaurant/Amy Bridges)
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WASHINGTON - Several businesses in Georgetown were significantly damaged Wednesday following a fire at Hook restaurant on M Street in Northwest D.C.

The fire began in the rear of Hook in the 3200 block of M Street. The restaurant is attached to Tackle Box restaurant. Both businesses were heavily damaged, along with the adjacent Saloun pub.

Fire officials are investigating the cause. They say damage estimates are anywhere between $50,000 to $100,000.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Pete Piringer says they had difficulty getting to the fire because of a security fire.

The Tackle Box and Hook have the same owner. They could be closed for a month, the owner was heard telling his employees.

The fire shut down portions of M Street in both directions, along with the intersection at Wisconsin Avenue for several hours. The street has since reopened.

Firefighters responded shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday. There were no injuries reported.

Georgetown Cupcake and other neighboring businesses are fine, officials report.

Also, the D.C. Circulator's Dupont/Rosslyn route was temporarily interrupted due to the fire.

See video from WTOP's Greg Otto of firefighters knocking out windows at Hook restaurant below:

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