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White House West Wing Evacuated

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District of Columbia Fire department trucks and personnel are seen parked between the The Eisenhower Executive Office Building and the West Wing as they respond to a call at the White House, May 11, 2013, in Washington.
Smoke in the White House West Wing caused officials to evacuate reporters and photographers there early Saturday.

U.S. President Barack Obama and his family do not live in the West Wing area of the White House, and officials say they were not affected by the evacuation.

The smoke was traced to an overheated electrical transformer in a mechanical room.

Officials resolved the problem and allowed people back into the building. No injuries were reported.