Fire in Rayburn House Office
October 14, 2004
WASHINGTON -- On October 13, 2004, at approximately 10:47
p.m., United States Capitol Police responded to a small
fire on the basement level of the Rayburn House office building.
A full evacuation of the building was then ordered. There
were reports of heavy smoke throughout the building and
garage area. Approximately 50-60 persons were evacuated.
D.C. Fire responded and shortly thereafter extinguished
the fire. Most of the damage caused by the fire was confined
to storage rooms on the basement level. Four of the storage
rooms sustained heavy damage. No damage has been reported
to any congressional office space. The building was deemed
safe for re-entry by an Architect of the Capitol fire official
at approximately 12:15 a.m. Two officers were treated and
released from George Washington hospital due to smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire is still unknown and is under investigation.