US State Department Building Fire

Saturday, November 24, 2012 - 2:23pm

A flash fire in the ductwork of the State Department injured four people Saturday, including three who were sent to a hospital, fire officials said.

One person was in a "life-threatening condition" and the other two people were in serious but non-life threatening condition at Washington Hospital Center, authorities said.

The fourth person fell from a ladder and hurt his knee, authorities said.

The fire started shortly after 11 a.m., as construction crews were working on the premises, said Lon Walls, a spokesman for Washington's fire department.

The fire was extinguished on short order, and there were few federal employees in the government building because of the holiday weekend, Walls told CNN.

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