DC Fire and EMS Structural experts evacuated Uproar gay bar & restaurant (639 Florida Ave., N.W.) about 7:40 p.m. Sunday after responding to a call about the building’s roof deck buckling or ‘bowing,’ according to Fire and EMS spokesperson Vito Maggiolo.
Fire and EMS officials closed the street to cars and pedestrians while waiting for a city building inspector to arrive and assess the structural soundness of the building.
Four police cars and two fire trucks with flashing lights drew the attention of people in the area, including Uproar customers arriving from D.C.’s Capital Pride festival. Maggiolo said the street and one adjacent building would remain closed until the building inspector assessed the situation.
In a statement, Fire and EMS officials said the “incident involved floor joists compromised from excess weight causing the roof to bow.” The statement said the department’s Cave In Task Force was taking steps to install “shoring” to strengthen the roof structure.
But a short time later someone from the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs attached a notice to Uproar’s front door prohibiting anyone from entering the building until further notice. It read in part, “This structure, equipment and/or system is unsafe and its occupancy or use has been prohibited by the code official.”
No injuries were reported. A representative from Uproar couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.