June 17th, 2007
05:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Building housing Sen. Obama's apartment catches fire

Obama was not at home when fire hit

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A Capitol Hill house where Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama rents an apartment caught fire Sunday, but the blaze was extinguished quickly, a fire official said.

Obama, of Illinois, was with his family in Chicago on Sunday, a campaign spokesman said. No one was in the house at the time, no one was hurt and the damage was not extensive, District of Columbia fire Lt. Paul Wood said.

Wood said the fire broke out in the middle of the afternoon. It was contained between the third floor and the roof of the building, in northeast Washington, he said.

Robert Gibbs, a spokesman for the candidate, said the fire was likely started by a malfunctioning fan. He said Obama rents a second-floor apartment in the building.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Rich, Los Angeles, CA

    Because of his lead, the current administration along with the Clintons' will do everything in their power to make sure he is intimidated.
    He needs to be careful, because he needs to be molded as a president for the Project for a New American Century.

    http://www.newamericancentury.org

    911truth.org

    Peace.

    June 17, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Mike B., Greenbelt, MD

    Get your story straight! Does he live on the first floor or the second floor? Who proof reads this stuff?

    June 17, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Christine, Alexandria, VA

    Thank goodness he wasn't there! But um...he rents a second floor apartment AND a first floor apartment???

    June 17, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Phillip P. Nikolis, South Huntington, NY

    How did this article get published? Who wrote it and who edited it? An article of less than 150 words which does not accurately contain the basic "who, what, when, where and why" should not be published in the first place. So which is it CNN, does Sen. Obama live on the first or second floor of the building?

    Is anyone paying attention?

    June 17, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. david oguayo , austin texas

    was it really an accidents... thats the question...

    June 17, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. Cindy, Chesapeake, VA

    I guess all that EXTRA security us TAXPAYERS are paying for just for him is not enough. He probably had his own house burned down just to get in the news. He just wants your attention
    because otherwise, he does not have any
    experience to talk about.

    June 17, 2007 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. Rosie - Richmond

    I thank God Senator Obama was not there, or anyone else for that matter.

    June 17, 2007 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  8. devilbush, Portland, CA

    So was it a house or an apartment?

    June 17, 2007 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  9. Ron Paul 2008

    Cheney did it.

    June 18, 2007 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  10. Tricia M Charlottetown, PEI Candaa

    What's with all the confusion on this article???

    To the question about which floor Obama lives on – Where is there a First Floor mentioned in this article???
    I Quote: "He said Obama rents a second-floor apartment in the building.

    To the Question as to whether it was a House or an Apt????
    I Quote: "A Capitol Hill house where Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama rents an apartment caught fire Sunday,"
    Interpretation: It's A House In Which Apartments Are Contained For Rental Purposes and Obama Rents One.

    I Quote: "Wood said the fire broke out in the middle of the afternoon. It was contained between the third floor and the roof of the building,"
    NOTE: NO FIRST FLOOR MENTIONED

    To Those Suggesting this might have been intentional, I Quote:
    "Robert Gibbs, a spokesman for the candidate, said the fire was likely started by a malfunctioning fan."

    Seems pretty straight forward to me.
    No First Floor, No Terrorist Potential,
    No Damage to Senator Obama or his Family. Why try to confuse the issue or make it a Terrorist Situation?

    Thankfully Obama, His Family and none of the other tenants were harmed.

    June 18, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. Aaron Lynch, Lynnwood, WA

    Normally I'd say something completely off topic, supporting the 2nd amendment... but I think I'll just take this moment to say I'm very glad Mr. Obama is ok.

    June 18, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Mike B., Greenbelt, MD

    Tricia from "Candaa"

    Did it ever occur to you that they would update the article once people started pointing out errors?!

    Look at the time of the article posting and the time of the comment postings... Doesn't it seem odd that the comments came before the article?!

    Hello, McFly?!

    June 19, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |