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Smoke Alarm in White House West Wing Prompts Evacuation

May 11, 2013
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Washington (dpa) - The West Wing of the White House was briefly evacuated early Saturday after a smoke alarm went off.

"An electrical transformer near the West Wing malfunctioned and set off a smoke alarm," an official said.

"The transformer problem was quickly resolved. Electricity and personnel access to the West Wing has returned to normal."

The official said that President Barack Obama and his family were unaffected.

Reporters and photographers were evacuated just after 7 a.m.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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