Fire at the Old Executive Office Building

A fire broke out in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building beside the White House this morning, apparently from bad wiring in a closet near the VP’s ceremonial office. The structure remains intact, firefighters have been on the scene, the fire is under control, and all building occupants have been evacuated. The EEOB has been undergoing some renovation work for “modernization” purposes; there’s no word on how this affects that process, but this may drive home how badly needed that modernization was.

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From TIME Magazine, a history of White House fires.

(Photo courtesy jsmjr.)

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

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