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Fire Temporarily Closes State Department, Parts of E St.

Update, 11:45 a.m.: The State Department building has reopened after being closed for a few hours while firefighters probed a blaze that ignited during an asbestos abatement project, the Associated Press reports.

Original post: The investigation of a flash fire in the U.S. State Department building has closed parts of E Street NW, from Independence Ave. to Virginia Ave. and 23rd Street between C and E Street.

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D.C. fire department spokesman Alan Etter said the fire was reported about 4:30 a.m. on the fifth floor of the building at 2200 C Street.

There are no reports of injuries.

Etter said firefighters are making sure the fire did not spread, but he said there is no apparent damage to the building.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 18, 2008; 6:43 AM ET
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