Smoke forces evacuation of White House

2013-05-11 18:49

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

US Secret Service spokesperson Max Milien says that at about 07:00, smoke was seen coming out of a mechanical room closet on the first floor.

Journalists and others were evacuated out of "an abundance of caution" and the Washington, DC, 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.

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