Rumors of our incineration have been greatly exaggerated! The Palace of Wonders is, indeed, open for business!
A multi-alarm rooftop and alley way fire, which started slightly before midnight on Tuesday, December 2, at the corner of 12th and H St, NE, rapidly spread to the roofs and through the alley of adjacent businesses. Fast-responding firefighters quickly contained and extinguished the blaze. Early reports indicate there is extensive water and smoke damage to the interiors of some neighboring businesses.
Since The Palace of Wonders was occupied at the time of the blaze, firefighters were able to gain access to the building and prevent any damage from occurring to the popular performance space/nightclub in the Atlas Entertainment District.
"The firemen ran hoses thru Palace," said Priscilla Jerez, owner. "I saw the back alley in flames. We were really lucky." The beloved museum attractions were completely unharmed. Palace Museum Director James Taylor noted, "This was an amazing Christmas present: Those attractions are irreplaceable."
While fire and sideshows are historic foes (the legendary P.T.Barnum had his American Museum destroyed by fire; twice) the Museum at The Palace of Wonders is unscathed, intact and OPEN!
The Palace of Wonder is grateful for the concerns expressed by our fans and patrons, but we have one more request to make. Please help spread the word: The Palace of Wonders is open for business tonight!
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The Palace would especially like to extend its gratitude to the courageous people who serve in the District of Columbia Fire Department. Thanks to all of you, The Palace of Wonders continues to stand as the place to enjoy novelty and variety entertainment in the Nation's Capital.