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Fire damages MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN studios in D.C. as Mike Pence scheduled to appear

DC Fire and EMS

An electrical fire broke out Sunday morning at a building that houses MSNBC, Fox News and C-SPAN studios in D.C.

DC Fire and EMS said the fire took place around 7:15 a.m. in MSNBC’s studio on the eighth floor of the building at 400 North Capitol Street, NW, and that no one was injured. The Fox News and C-SPAN studios are in the same building, though on different floors.

Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to be present at the building to appear on “Fox News Sunday” with host Chris Wallace but was not there at the time of the evacuation, a Pence spokesperson told ABC7.

As a result of the fire, “Fox News Sunday” moved to FOX 5’s studio at 5151 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, and Pence still appeared on the show. A FOX 5 assignment editor told ABC7 that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also was at the FOX 5 studios.

On the show, Wallace addressed the fire.

"If things look a little bit different here today that’s because of the fact that we had a fire – yes, a fire – in our building on North Capitol Street, and so we’re over at our wonderful affiliate WTTG," Wallace said, according to The Hill.

Steve Scully, the political editor for C-SPAN, wrote on Twitter that the Fox News and C-SPAN studios sustained "extensive damage," and MSNBC's studio took on "extensive smoke and water damage."

C-SPAN wrote on Twitter around 11 a.m. that it had returned to normal program operations following the fire.

CORRECTION: ABC7 previously reported that Vice President Mike Pence, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Secret Service agents were all present at the time of the evacuation. We regret the error.

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