False Alarm

West Wing Evacuated Due to Smoke

It was a scary day at the White House on Saturday—for about five minutes. Reports of smoke emanating from the West Wing, including the press area, led to a brief evacuation. Five fire trucks reported to the scene as authorities exercised "an abundance of caution" investigating a mechanical closet that was the source of the smoke. The culprit? An overheated piece of equipment. Oh, well. You can never be too careful.