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Inside the District's First Fireproof Home

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The Heurich House is the first fireproof residence in Washington, D.C.
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The Heurich House is the first fireproof residence in Washington, D.C.

What would you do if you lost a string of big-money breweries to fire? In the case of Christian Heurich, you build the city's first fireproof home. Rebecca Sheir visits the Heurich House, to see how extreme personal pyrophobia resulted in a remarkable 19th century house, which soon could become a National Landmark.

[Music: "Burning Down the House" by Tom Jones & The Cardigans from Reloaded - Greatest Hits]


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