A 2-alarm fire at a high-rise building in southwest Washington, DC created an eerie image over the U.S. Capitol on Thursday morning (September 16) as thick, black smoke from the blaze which was blocks away billowed ominously behind the Capitol dome.
The fire was reported by DC Fire and EMS as a blaze on the roof of a hi-rise building under construction.
The image created by the smoke came just a few days after the somber 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Washington and New York, and as U.S. Capitol Police prepare for possible unrest during a planned demonstration on Saturday (September 18).
A large group is expected at the Capitol on Saturday to protest the arrests and criminal charges against some 600 people in connection with a Jan. 6 riot by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Workers have installed a fence around the U.S. Capitol ahead of the protest and as police ask the National Guard to be ready to help with security if needed.
The tall fence was first erected following the Jan. 6 attack on the building that houses the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. It was dismantled in July.
(Production: Greg Savoy , Mana Rabiee)