On June 5, a four-alarm fire all but destroyed Frager’s Hardware, one of Capitol Hill’s most beloved stores. The blaze, the District’s largest since a fire destroyed a Mount Pleasant apartment building in 2008, is hardly the first to take out a local institution. Here’s a look at the causes and costs of several other major fires—from museums to politicians’ favorite bars—that hit the District in recent years.

Tune Inn June 22, 2011 Cause: Kitchen fire Damages: $75,000 to 100,000. The taxidermy was spared. Eulogy: “It is a dark day on Capitol Hill when the Tune Inn is out of commission even temporarily. It is at least as important an institution as the Supreme Court.”—New York Times reporter Carl Hulse Current status: Reopened in November 2011 to rave reviews for the new decor

Georgetown Library April 30, 2007 Cause: Construction worker’s heat gun Damages: $18 million, not including the loss of priceless objects like an 18th century newspaper reporting on the Declaration of Independence Eulogy: “I’ve always feared this would happen. I’ve always thought: If there was a fire, what would I grab first?”—Jerry McCoy, librarian and archivist, to the Washington Post Current status: Fully operational with a larger Peabody Room as of October 2010

Eastern Market April 30, 2007 Cause: The trash compactor’s faulty electrical wiring Damages: $22 million Eulogy: “It reeked of a century of sour milk and fish and fried food.”—Post Current status: Fully restored andoperational as of June 2009

Peggy Cooper Cafritz’s house July 29, 2009 Cause: Paper towels soaked in linseed oil in a plastic bag Damages: $5 million in property damage, plus the loss of Cafritz’s collection of more than 300 African-American artworks Eulogy: “Going inside that house was a delight and a privilege—it was so alive and filled with meaning.”—O the Magazine, which ran a feature on the house online nine days before it burned down Current status: Never rebuilt

Capitol Lounge Aug. 25, 2005 Cause: Smoldering cigarette in a trash can Damages: $2 million, including lost revenue Eulogy: “It may only be bricks and mortar, but the place has a soul and we will not let it die.”—owner Joe Englert to DCist Current status: Reopened in December 2005, still operational

Phillips Collection Sept. 2, 2010 Cause: Related to roof renovation work Damages: An estimated but unconfirmed $250,000; the art was unharmed Eulogy: “If there had been any damage to the artworks, you’d be speaking to the very upset director right now.”—Director Dorothy Kosinski to the Post

Current status: Reopened two days later

Mount Pleasant Deauville apartment fire March 13, 2008 Cause: Unknown Damages: Estimated $10 million; Eulogy: “This building is such a centerpiece on Mount Pleasant Street. Having it like this is blight of the worst order.”—Councilmember Jim Graham to the Post Current status: Poised to begin reconstruction after securing a building permit this week

Photo by Darrow Montgomery