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    Default Fire Controlled at White House Compound

    Link with pictures: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i...WQGlwD8TKL7E00

    WASHINGTON (AP) Thick black smoke billowed from a fire Wednesday in Vice President Dick Cheney's suite of offices in the historic Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House.

    Cheney's office was damaged by smoke and water from fire hoses, White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said. The vice president was not in the building at the time; he was in the West Wing of the White House with President Bush.

    More than 1,000 people who work in the building were evacuated. The fire broke out on the second floor of the building around about 9:15 a.m. and was under control within a half hour, District of Columbia fire department spokesman Alan Etter said.

    Afterward, Bush and Cheney appeared on West Executive Avenue, between the White House and the damaged building, to thank District of Columbia firefighters. A fire tanker nearby still had its ladder extended to a window on the blackened second floor.

    The blaze was located in Cheney's suite of ceremonial offices. His working office is in the West Wing. Secret Service spokesman Darrin Blackford said the building was evacuated as a precaution. District of Columbia firefighters poured water on the blaze, broke windows and moved furniture onto a balcony.

    There were no reports of serious injuries, Etter said. A U.S. Marine stationed at the building smashed a fifth-floor window to escape from the smoke and had to be rescued from the ledge, he said. The man suffered a minor cut to his hand.

    The building remained evacuated while firefighters ventilated the smoke, Etter said. The displaced employees were sent to other offices or went home.

    The extent of water, fire and smoke damage was unclear.

    Investigators were working to determine the cause of the blaze, Etter said. The smoke appeared to come from an electrical closet on the building's second floor.

    The Executive Office Building, a commanding structure with a granite, slate and cast iron exterior at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street, houses the Office of Management and Budget and staff of the National Security Council and other agencies.

    Originally built for the State, War and Navy Departments between 1871 and 1888, the building was renamed in honor of President Dwight Eisenhower during the Clinton administration.

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    A fire tanker nearby still had its ladder extended to a window on the blackened second floor.
    Who writes this garbage?!?!?! Where have professional standards gone for reporters...why get the story right...when you can make up what you can't be bothered to understand!

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    I just want it to be known.....

    I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT!



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    Since the OEOB houses the VP and NSC, I can only imagine what's coming out of the tin foil hat crowd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scfire86 View Post
    Since the OEOB houses the VP and NSC, I can only imagine what's coming out of the tin foil hat crowd.
    They are madly typing away as I wtite this!
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    Ah...Maybe the fire service will get it's increase in fire grant funding after all?

    I've been in that building (launching of Fire Corps about this time in 2004) and it's quite nice, and old.

    BTW, FFFRED -- it's professional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FFFRED View Post
    Who writes this garbage?!?!?! Where have proffesional standards gone for reporters...why get the story right...when you can make up what you can't be bothered to understand!

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    FFFred, You need to get out more Bro. ALL of DCFD's Tankers have long Ladders, along with those big Oxygen Tanks that they wear on their backs. If you don't believe me, check the Washington Post, they always know what the scoop is..........
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    For those interested...

    A Short History of White House Fires

    (BTW since we're on the journalism rant -- who comes up with these titles? Is there such thing as a "short history"?)

    http://www.time.com/time/nation/arti...696435,00.html

    And there are some pics and vids (including the Pres thanking the FF's) at:

    www.washingtonpost.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    FFFred, You need to get out more Bro. ALL of DCFD's Tankers have long Ladders, along with those big Oxygen Tanks that they wear on their backs. If you don't believe me, check the Washington Post, they always know what the scoop is..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenNFD1219 View Post
    Do they still have cherry pickers?
    When someone is repelling off the cherry picker, it becomes a crane!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenNFD1219 View Post
    Do they still have cherry pickers?
    My company shares quarters with one of those cherry pickers when it isn't in the shops and is assigned a rearmount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    FFFred, You need to get out more Bro. ALL of DCFD's Tankers have long Ladders, along with those big Oxygen Tanks that they wear on their backs. If you don't believe me, check the Washington Post, they always know what the scoop is..........
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    We just assumed when we saw the white smoke coming out that Dick Cheney had been elected pope.

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