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Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 02/15/2011

Reagan Building partially reopens after fire

By Ed O'Keefe

Updated 11:55 a.m. ET
Most of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center has reopened after an early morning fire today in the building's food court.

The food court remains closed but all other offices are once again occupied, according to the General Services Administration, the building's owner.

The fire began in a food court kitchen at 6:34 a.m., prompting an evacuation and the closure of portions of the busy 14th St. NW corridor. Smoke entered the building's duct work and spread throughout the building, according to GSA.

The Reagan Building is the nation's second-largest federal building after the Pentagon. It houses about 7,000 employees of USAID, the Commerce Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 15, 2011; 11:25 AM ET
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Actually, Commerce is next door, not in the Reagan Building.

Posted by: TheOtherGuyInSection117 | February 15, 2011 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Actually I own the building, along with all my fellow US citizens. GSA just operates the buildings we own, and not very cost-effectively I might add. I've tried firing them and getting a better property manager but no luck, too much corruption and payola involved with the current building management. Roofs leak too!

Posted by: thw2006 | February 15, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

and this has what to do with Ben's Chili Bowl, which is what we clicked on twice?

Posted by: citigreg | February 15, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

In point of fact, Commerce is across the street from the Reagan building.

The Reagan building -- went over budget, took twice as long as contracted, and now houses every Federal agency Reagan tried to do away with. Don't you love the irony?

Posted by: njacobs | February 15, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey folks -- it's Ed O'Keefe. As I reported above, some -- not all, but some -- of the Commerce Department's offices are within the Reagan Building. The department's headquarters, and most of its offices, are indeed located across the street in the Herbert H. Hoover Building.

Posted by: Ed O'Keefe | February 15, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Let it burn...

Raygun was a crook.


Posted by: DrainYou | February 15, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

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