Fire burns on White House grounds
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WASHINGTON - Thick black smoke billowed from a fire
Wednesday on the White House compound in the Executive
The blaze appeared to be located near the ceremonial
office of Vice President Dick Cheney on the second
floor of the building. The vice president was across
the street in his office in the West Wing of the White
Secret Service spokesman Darrin Blackford said the Old
Executive Office building was evacuated as a
precaution. District of Columbia firefighters poured
water on the blaze and moved furniture from the
building onto a balcony.
The Executive Office Building houses the Office of
Management and Budget and staff of the National
Security Council and other agencies.