October 3rd, 2007
03:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Fires set on Capitol Hill cause mystery

Several fires have been set in the Dirksen Senate Office building.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Authorities are investigating a series of small fires set in women's restrooms in Senate office buildings in recent days, according to the Capitol Police.

Four such fires were set Wednesday in the Senate's Dirksen and Hart office buildings, police said.

Three fires took place in the morning in separate restrooms and were extinguished by police. The D.C. Fire Department was called to the scene of the fourth fire, in the Dirksen building, Wednesday afternoon. That fire generated a lot of smoke, police said.

Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said there were no injuries and no evacuations.

Police are searching for suspects but have no hard leads, she said. "It's a work in progress."

Police added additional patrols in the office buildings and asked staff members to report any "unusual activity or behaviors that may be associated with these fires."

Authorities said they did not believe the fires intended to harm anyone.

"This would appear designed to be more of a nuisance than to endanger anyone," said Capitol Police Chief Phillip Morse.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Mike, Omaha

    Wait, the fires took place in the bathrooms! Where was Larry Craig at the time?

    October 3, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. JKap, Schaumburg, IL

    Sounds like Larry Craig is still starting small fires in the lavatory.

    October 3, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Dar, Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Any word on what papers were being burned?

    October 3, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. John S. Chicago, Illinois

    It was me!!! I was protesting the joke that is our government! Hunt me down!

    October 3, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. anonymous

    I heard it was Cindy Sheehan – attempting to light a fire under Nancy Pelosi on impeachment.

    Can you say Whack-o?

    October 3, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. Ron, TX

    Hillary and Nancy got into a fire-breathing contest again...

    October 3, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. T15, Vero, Florida

    Man our government must really suck at investigating. Who can light four fires in a Senate office building and get away with it? This has to be the stupidest thing ever, but then again look at our president.

    Bush says: Tacos Rule!

    Wow, what a great leader

    October 3, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Rebecca, Philadelphia, PA

    The Capitol cafeterias are probably to blame. Freedom chili isn't free.

    October 3, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Papers were burned and destroyed.

    Maybe we should ask where Sandy Berger was and why he destroyed them.

    October 3, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Sybil

    I see Mrs. Kerplinka's first grade class is out for the day.

    October 3, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. CTurner, Durham, NC

    Maybe someone was trying to light a fire under the Democrats' butts, and the Democrats didn't notice.

    Yo, weren't you people sent to Washington to end the war?

    October 3, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. RJ, SV, AZ

    It's merely Hell attempting to migrate to its new, official home. Nothing to see here...move along...

    October 3, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Who Creates YOUR News, USA

    Hillary was burning the documents that linked campaign cash to Schoen and her silly poll numbers
    http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2007/09/2 7/schoen/

    October 3, 2007 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. Who Creates YOUR News, USA

    Hillary was burning the documents that linked campaign cash to Schoen and her silly poll numbers

    October 3, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. Frank Virginia Beach

    It's those hypocritical Democrats secretly smoking cigarettes in the closets that set the fire.

    October 3, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. joseph, armada, michigan

    gotta watch that chili they serve in the cafeteria!

    October 3, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  17. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    gotta watch that chili they serve in the cafeteria!

    Posted By joseph, armada, michigan : October 3, 2007 8:07 pm

    Funny Joseph, even more funny considering most of them also talk out of their butts.

    October 4, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |