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Smoke pours from Executive Office at White House compound

WASHINGTON _ Thick black smoke is billowing from a fire in the Executive Office Building on the White House compound.

December 19, 2007 
By The Canadian Press

The blaze appears to be located near the ceremonial office of Vice-President Dick Cheney on the second floor of the building.

The vice-president was across the street in his office in the West Wing of the White House.

Secret Service spokesman Darrin Blackford says the Old Executive Office building has been evacuated as a precaution.

District of Columbia firefighters poured water on the blaze and moved furniture from inside the building onto a balcony.

The Executive Office Building houses the Office of Management and Budget and staff of the National Security Council and other agencies.

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