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Smoke forces evacuation of White House West Wing

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:19 a.m. HST, May 11, 2013

WASHINGTON >> Reporters and photographers were evacuated briefly from the West Wing of the White House early today because of smoke from an overheated transformer in a mechanical room.

President Barack Obama and his family were not affected by the incident, according to the White House.

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

Journalists and others were evacuated out of "an abundance of caution" and the District of Columbia fire department was called, he said.

People were allowed back into the building about an hour later.

No injuries were reported.

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manakuke wrote:
Ha-ha-ha-ha; smoke and mirrors?
on May 11,2013 | 06:07AM
cojef wrote:
Yep, the heat is on the Administration on issues relating to Benghazi cover up and IRS tax probes on Tea Party and Patriots, no wonder the "smoke" screen. Cover ups have caused a President downfall.
on May 11,2013 | 08:27AM
st1d wrote:
heat is on the white house and its efforts to cover up the terrorist attack in benghazi and the murders of u.s. diplomats. using the fiction of a video as the cause of spontaneous riots and murder, the white house orchestrated immediate cover up of prior warnings by c.i.a. and their own embassy staff of growing danger in benghazi and imminent attack on the u.s. embassy. all to protect obama's re-election.
on May 11,2013 | 06:47AM
kolekole wrote:
Michelle's side of the house. Her mother must be cookin some Collard Greens with Ham hock, Fried Chickin wings and some Corn Bread. Oohhhhh doggie!!!
on May 11,2013 | 01:48PM
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