The Sheraton, a landmark hotel in the heart of Washington, D.C., is closing for good on Monday amid a massive fire.
Fire officials said Monday afternoon that the hotel is closed indefinitely as crews work to contain the blaze that began Friday morning.
Sheraton officials did not immediately provide a timeline for its closure.
The fire, which started in the hotel’s basement and spread rapidly, killed at least nine people and injured at least 11 others, officials said.
Officials said the cause of the fire was under investigation.
Shermans owner Joe and Denise Geller announced in a press release on Monday that they were closing their hotel, which is located in a shopping mall near the National Mall.
They cited safety concerns and other reasons for closing.
Sherons owners are hoping to reopen it in a few months, the couple said in a statement.
Shermants was built in 1901 and opened in 1921.
The Geller’s own daughter, Sheri Geller, has served as a spokeswoman for the couple, which owns more than 20 properties around the country.
The couple were among dozens of businesses to close or suspend operations in the District in the aftermath of the deadly blazes.
The hotel is among many buildings in the area that have been deemed unsafe for occupancy because of the severity of the fires.
Fire crews are battling a fire in the Sheraton hotel in downtown Washington, Wednesday, July 31, 2020.
The Washington Fire Department said the blaze is burning under control.
The blaze, which began Friday in a basement apartment, has grown to nearly 7,000 acres.
The cause of that blaze is under investigation, the department said.
The Shermans are the only family business in the Washington area to be closed, according to the American Society of Travel Agents.
The restaurant, a popular lunch spot, was one of several locations that closed, including a pizza joint, a sushi bar, a hot tub rental, and a yoga studio.
The D.U.C.S., a national association of hotel and restaurant operators, has recommended that businesses that have at least 50 employees shut down by July 14, 2020, for at least 90 days.
It also urged hotels and restaurants to cease operations until all workers are accounted for.
The association says more than 1,600 workers are at risk, including those in other hotels and those working at other restaurants.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.