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Flames at US government building
Personnel were evacuated from the Eisenhower building

A fire has caused damage to US Vice-President Dick Cheney's ceremonial office in Washington DC.

The fire broke out at the Eisenhower Executive Office building, located near the West Wing of the White House and housing presidential staff members.

A White House press secretary said the fire appeared to have started in an electrical closet or telephone bank.

One person suffered a minor hand injury. Neither the president nor the vice-president were affected.

Vice-president's office

Houses various agencies that comprise Executive Office of the President
Includes Office of the Vice President, National Security Council
Construction began 1871, completed 1888
French Second Empire style, granite, slate and cast iron exterior, 553 rooms
US architectural and historical gem
Occupants included 16 Navy Secretaries, 21 War Secretaries, 24 Secretaries of State

Firefighters entered the building to tackle the blaze and were seen breaking windows and removing furniture.

The fire broke out near Mr Cheney's ceremonial office.

Mr Cheney himself was in the West Wing of the White House with President George W Bush at the time, officials said.

The White House was not evacuated, but hundreds of staff members were forced to leave the Eisenhower Building.

Map of Washington DC showing location of fire

President Bush visits the site of the fire

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