West Wing evacuated due to smoke

Posted at 1:12 PM, May 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-11 13:12:16-04


CNN- An evacuation at the White House is over.

Firefighters arrived at the West Wing Saturday morning to investigate a report of smoke coming from a room near the visitor’s entrance.

A government official describes the smoke as originating from a “mechanical closet.”

The secret service evacuated the wing, which includes the press room, out of an “abundance of caution.”

Turns out an overheated piece of equipment caused the smoke.

People have now been allowed back inside the building.