A building that burned down in Washington D. C. is being renovated to house thousands of homeless people.
It’s a long and complicated story that started in a parking lot in the city of Richmond, Virginia.
A fire engulfed the building at the end of March.
Nearly 400 people were inside the building.
Then, on April 14, 2017, the building caught fire.
By the end, there were more than 1,000 people inside the firefighting vehicle.
“It was like a tornado that we got, and we were just in awe of the fire fighting abilities of the people in the vehicle,” said Bobbi Deutsch, an employee of the Washington, DC Fire Department.
The vehicle burned out.
Many firefighters who responded to the blaze left.
And so, the next day, the owner of the building decided to put out a fire.
The building was demolished to make way for a new one, and some of the belongings were put into storage.
But in July, the property was sold.
That’s when the owner decided to rebuild the building with a mix of homeless and veterans.
The plan for the new structure is to be similar to the one in the building, but it’s going to be a different look.
There’s also going to also be a mix and match of housing units and rental units.
“The people who were there, they are in a better position now than they were in the fire.
We don’t need to build the building and demolish it,” said Deutsch.
We don’t have to rebuild it, and if we do we’re going to have the same experience that they had, Deutsch said.
Now, Deutch and her team of firefighters are preparing to make the project happen.
The project is scheduled to be completed in early 2021.