West Wing briefly evacuated due to smoke, Secret Service says
Fire trucks pull up on the White House grounds Saturday, after there were reports of smoke.
May 11th, 2013
08:48 AM ET
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West Wing briefly evacuated due to smoke, Secret Service says

Washington (CNN) - The West Wing of the White House, including the press area, was evacuated Saturday out of an abundance of caution as authorities investigate the source of smoke coming out of what is believed to be a mechanical closet, a Secret Service spokesman told CNN.

Five fire trucks responded to the White House, including a ladder truck, but all departed shortly thereafter.

The scene was calm, and soon people were allowed to return inside the White House.

- CNN's Athena Jones contributed to this report

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  1. Cephus

    Is Joe still bragging about the fire Presidency? I think not! Mr President and my spiritual brother there is an eminent danger and only The Lord knows why! Please tell everyone involved with your Government to change their ways otherwise things don't look good. Hey hey it's the fear mongrel again. No no brother I really care

    May 11, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. RustyG

    Authorities have confirmed alarms were set off due to Jay Carney's still smoldering pants from yesterday's news conference.

    May 11, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. lottie

    Boy oh Boy already the nasty remarks. The repos can't seem to move on at all. To bad for them.

    May 11, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. RustyG

    Hey Lottie .
    Your comment made me chuckle. Encouraging folks to MOVE ON from a Clinton scandal. You should start a PAC.

    May 11, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Biden

    I guess they legalized it in the White House. Hey Obama sell me a 20!

    May 11, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Name willard

    Amercian people are agreed with boehener that is alright what about sign realase email so world people want make to sure know what happened about. E mail. If careny said rejcuite againt boehener
    Carney make refuse about email also people will belive that carney make feel lie to his story with media
    Repblucian congress are great keep work against hillary and obama what happened about e mail

    May 11, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  7. just sayin

    obama under a lot of pressure these days.... probably started smoking again. based on some of the incompetence, he and almost everybody in the white house must be smokin' pot.

    May 11, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    If any of them had watched Olympus has Fallen they must've been freaking out

    May 12, 2013 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  9. @RI_Roger

    Sounds like POTUS got caught "Smokin' in the boys room"...again.... He ran out of Nicorette!

    May 12, 2013 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  10. Bob Knows

    Maybe there was a fire, or maybe Odumbo regime wanted the press corps out of the way to do some more criminal activity. With Odumbo you just don't trust anything they ever say.

    May 12, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |