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Smoke Forces Evacuation of White House West Wing

Reporters and photographers were evacuated from the West Wing of the White House early Saturday because of smoke from a faulty piece of equipment.

The White House
The White House (Uyen Le, Getty Images)

U.S. Secret Service spokesman Max Milien says that at about 7 a.m., smoke was seen coming out of a mechanical room closet on the first floor.

Journalists and others were evacuated out of — quote “an abundance of caution” and the District of Columbia fire department was called. People were allowed back into the building about an hour later.

Officials say a transformer in the mechanical room overheated.

No injuries were reported and White House officials say President Barack Obama and his family were not affected by the incident.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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