Eyewitnesses reported smoke over the Capitol on the day of Biden's inauguration rehearsal. The fire broke out a few blocks from the parliamentary complex. It started in a homeless camp, reports AP
In Washington, a fire broke out near the Capitol, according to Twitter of the capital's emergency management agency.
The fire was extinguished, no one was injured as a result of the incident, the agency said.
Smoke over the Capitol was reported by eyewitnesses.
BREAKING: Smoke rising behind Capitol building. Inauguration rehearsal appears to be evacuating. Emergency announcement playing at Capitol grounds. pic.twitter.com/86J9S8CsMY— Jackson Proskow (@JProskowGlobal) January 18, 2021
According to a Reuters source, the Capitol building was blocked due to security threats, closing the entrance and exit. On this day, there was supposed to be a rehearsal for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, sources told Politico.
The fire broke out a few blocks from the Capitol, Fox 5 DC reported. According to him, in this regard, the participants in the rehearsal were evacuated for a short time.
According to AP sources, the fire took place in a homeless camp. Those involved in the inauguration rehearsal, including the military band, were ordered to move to safety inside the Capitol complex.