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Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 03/11/2011

Small fire at the Library of Congress

By Associated Press

A building at the Library of Congress in Washington has reopened after being briefly evacuated because of a small electrical fire in the basement.

The fire broke out Friday morning at the Madison Building and was contained to a basement. D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says the fire stemmed from an electrical problem involving a generator, but the exact cause has yet to be determined.

U.S. Capitol Police say there were no injuries and no immediate reports of damages.

The building on Independence Avenue was evacuated and neighboring streets were shut down.

By Associated Press  | March 11, 2011; 11:25 AM ET
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