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Smoke from Capitol Hill store fire seen for miles

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Photo - Smoke from a nearby hardware store fire rises behind Nationals Park before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals the New York Mets, Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Smoke from a nearby hardware store fire rises behind Nationals Park before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals the New York Mets, Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than 100 firefighters have been battling a 4-alarm fire in a Capitol Hill hardware store that sent up plumes of smoke that could be seen for miles in Washington.

The fire broke out at Frager's Hardware about 6 p.m. Wednesday. NBC4 in Washington reports that crews arrived to find flames bursting through the roof.

The blaze spread to three other buildings, and firefighters said other buildings were in danger of catching fire.

Dark smoke from the fire drifted over the U.S. Capitol dome. No injuries were reported.

John Weintraub, one of the owners of Frager's, tells WJLA-TV that the fire started in a lumber area on the side of the store.

D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells tells WTOP Radio that the fire started fast and has moved quickly.

The store was established more than 90 years ago.

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