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Smoke forces evacuation of White House press room

Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 05/11/2013 @ 2:25 pm In Front Page,Politics,U.S. | No Comments

(FOXNEWS) — Reporters and photographers were evacuated briefly from the West Wing of the White House early Saturday because of smoke from an overheated transformer in a mechanical room.

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.

“Early this morning, an electrical transformer near the West Wing malfunctioned and set off a smoke alarm in the West Wing,” a White House official said in a statement.

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