Firefighters Battle Dietle’s Blaze

Hank Dietle’s Tavern, a historic watering hole on Rockville Pike near the site of the former White Flint Mall, sustained a major fire early Wednesday morning.

The fire was blamed on discarded smoking materials left on the front porch, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer.

On his Twitter feed, Piringer said the fire caused $500,000 in damage — $400,000 to the building and $100,000 for its contents.

No one was injured.

A passer-by called 9-1-1, Piringer said.

For a time, firefighters blocked traffic on Rockville Pike.

The Gazette once reported that Dietle’s possessed liquor license No. 1.

Here are Piringer’s tweets about the fire:

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Douglas Tallman

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