Fire at FBI Building Forces Evacuation

By Clarence Williams
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 11, 2008; 6:17 PM

A boiler room fire at FBI headquarters in downtown Washington led to an evacuation this afternoon, D.C. fire officials said.

The fire department was called at 4:15 p.m. to the garage of the headquarters, off Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Firefighters found a utility room on the garage level was fully engulfed in flames. The blaze was extinguished within 15 minutes, officials said.

About 40 people were evacuated from the building. No injuries were reported.

Alan Etter, a spokesman for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, said that the fire's cause remains under investigation but that authorities view it as an accidental malfunction.

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