Bill Press Reflects On Eastern Market

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By Patrick 

Harry Jaffe talks to Bill and Carol Press, who live one block away from Eastern Market.

    “We woke up choking from smoke,” says Press.

    Press — a journalist and raconteur — called his neighbor. At 1:05 they were on the street, watching part of Washington’s fabric go up in flames.

    “We are foodies,” Press told me just before noon Monday. “We didn’t shop at Costco for a week’s supplies. We went to the market every day.” He was walking up Eighth Street toward the market with a cup of coffee in hand. The firemen had doused the fire, but the wounds were just starting to hurt.

    “Our heart has been ripped out,” Press said.