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House of local activist burns down in fire

Friday - 5/4/2012, 8:26pm  ET

WASHINGTON - The home of D.C. activist Dorothy Brizill and her husband burned down Friday afternoon.

The Columbia Heights home was destroyed around 4:30 p.m. in a fire in the 1300 block of Girard Street. Nobody was home at the time.

Firefighters are still dealing with a gas leak.

One firefighter received minor burns to his legs, and was transported to an area hospital.

Brizill and her husband, Gary Imhoff, founded D.C. Watch, a D.C. government watchdog group.

WTOP's Mark Segraves contributed to this report. Follow Mark and WTOP on Twitter.

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