Want to help those displaced by DC senior housing fire? Have a drink

Osteria Morini's "Arthur Capper" drink, which is designed to help raise funds for those injured and displaced by the Sept. 19 Arthur Capper fire in Southeast D.C. (Courtesy Osteria Morini )
Osteria Morini’s “Arthur Capper” drink, which is designed to help raise funds for those injured and displaced by the Sept. 19 Arthur Capper fire in Southeast D.C. (Courtesy Osteria Morini ) (Courtesy Osteria Morini)
In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, firefighters pour water on a fire at the Arthur Capper Senior Building, an apartment building that houses senior citizens. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, firefighters pour water on a fire at the Arthur Capper Senior Building, an apartment building that houses senior citizens. Engineers made a startling discovery while inspecting the wreck of a fire-damaged public housing complex. They found a 74-year-old tenant, alive and well, five days after the whole building was supposedly evacuated in the midst of the blaze. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
The Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing complex was still too unstable for investigators to go inside Thursday morning. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)
The Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing complex was still too unstable for investigators to go inside the day after the fire. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli) (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)
Firefighters battle a fire at the Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing building at 900 5th Street SE in D.C. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
Firefighters battle a fire at the Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing building at 900 5th Street SE in D.C. (WTOP/Dick Uliano) (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
Firefighters pour water on a 2-alarm fire at the Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing building at 900 5th Street SE in D.C. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
Firefighters pour water on a 2-alarm fire at the Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing building at 900 5th Street SE in D.C. (WTOP/Dick Uliano) (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
Ten seniors received minor injuries in the Sept. 19 fire at Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing building at 900 Fifth St. SE in D.C. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
Firefighters pour water on a fire at the Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing building at 900 5th Street SE in D.C. (WTOP/Dick Uliano) (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
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Osteria Morini's "Arthur Capper" drink, which is designed to help raise funds for those injured and displaced by the Sept. 19 Arthur Capper fire in Southeast D.C. (Courtesy Osteria Morini )
In this Sept. 19, 2018, photo, firefighters pour water on a fire at the Arthur Capper Senior Building, an apartment building that houses senior citizens. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing complex was still too unstable for investigators to go inside Thursday morning. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)
Firefighters battle a fire at the Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing building at 900 5th Street SE in D.C. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
Firefighters pour water on a 2-alarm fire at the Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing building at 900 5th Street SE in D.C. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
Ten seniors received minor injuries in the Sept. 19 fire at Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing building at 900 Fifth St. SE in D.C. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)

WASHINGTON — In an effort to help the 160 displaced and the 10 injured after a fire at a senior housing building in Southeast D.C., upscale eatery Osteria Morini has added a special cocktail to their menu to raise funds: The Arthur Capper.

The drink will run on the menu indefinitely, and the company says all proceeds will go to the nonprofit Capitol Hill Community Foundation, which is working directly with those displaced.

It’s part of a collaboration with Tito’s Vodka and Arcadia Farms.

The “Arthur Capper” cocktail is a concoction of Tito’s Vodka, Earl Grey tea, honey, lemon, orange, and holy basil from Arcadia Farms.

The Sept. 19 blaze broke out in the roof level of the apartment building at 900 5th St. around 3:20 p.m.

Firefighters worked into the night to contain the flames.

Smoke from the fire could be seen from the Woodley Park neighborhood in Northwest D.C.

In the week after the fire, a 74-year-old man was found amid the ruins of the building.

He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was later discharged from the hospital.

The District had “looked at the building management to tell us who lived in the building, and if those people were accounted for,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser told reporters during a Sept. 24 news conference.

D.C. has been working to match each displaced household with a case manager. (The District subsidizes rents there for lower-income residents.) “Some are in non-acute nursing care and others, we believe, are with family and friends,” Bowser said.

The company that manages the building launched an internal investigation of its facilities and decision-making in the wake of the fire.

“We have opened an internal investigation and are working closely with the D.C. Council, D.C. Fire Chief and the Mayor to understand exactly what happened, and why,” said Edgewood Management CEO Cindy Sanquist, in a statement. “The safety and security of our residents in the communities we serve is our top priority.”

A source familiar with the management company said immediately after the fire, Edgewood Management assured residents had somewhere to live — some were placed in hotels, others in nearby properties run by the company.

“We have been working to relocate all of the residents affected by the fire and help them secure long-term housing in the days and weeks to come,” Sanquist said.

Mayor Muriel Bowser said full recovery from the fire will take “many, many months,” and vowed to help provide services seniors would need, while their housing is in flux.

WTOP’s Teta Alim, Jack Pointer, Neal Augenstein and Kristi King contributed to this report.


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