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On Saturday, the Washington Post wrote about a preliminary report detailing some of the problems facing the fire department during the blaze, which took one of Washington’s most renowned private art collections.
Besides the low water pressure, the property’s elevation also slowed the water’s flow. Mineral build-up in the pipes cut the supply as well, according to the Post’s story.
Firemen also had trouble gathering water from other mains because Chain Bridge Road, where Cafritz’s home is located, is “one of the longest stretches of roadway in the District that is uninterrupted by cross streets,” according to the report.