3 Seriously Injured in State Dept. Fire

Maintenance workers burned

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 25, 2012 7:02 AM CST

(Newser) – Authorities say three maintenance workers were seriously injured after a fire broke out at the State Department's headquarters in Washington. The fire broke out at around 11am yesterday in the ductwork on the 7th floor during routine maintenance to a mechanical area of the building. Workers were able to put out the fire before firefighters arrived, but three people suffered burns; one person's injuries are life-threatening. The building was briefly evacuated and then reopened.

The Harry S. Truman Building, headquarters for the State Department, is seen in Washington, in this March 9, 2009 file photo.
The Harry S. Truman Building, headquarters for the State Department, is seen in Washington, in this March 9, 2009 file photo.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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