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The home of the local activist reporting duo Dorothy Brizill and Gary Imhoff went up in flames this afternoon, and was still casting an acrid smell northward through Columbia Heights as of an hour ago. As City Desk noted earlier, the house had been in bad condition, with the city attempting to condemn it in 2008 (it also had several notices of foreclosure sales through the 1990s). The city last came by to check if the property was vacant in March, and found it occupied. Although the couple has said they are slowly restoring the mansion, no permits have been issued since 2007.

A glance back through property records shows that Imhoff bought the building in 1982 from the D.C. Society for Crippled Children, and in February of 2011 he put it in both his and Brizill’s name.

Correction: Due to a reporting error, this post originally stated Imhoff bought the property for $10.