Smithsonian Castle Briefly Evacuated After Fire

WASHINGTON — The iconic Smithsonian Castle was briefly evacuated late Wednesday morning after a fire broke out on the fourth floor.

The small fire started in an area housing a library but sprinklers were able to put out the flames before anyone was hurt, a D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman told WTOP.

Crews are still looking for the cause.

Its still unclear if any of the museum’s artifacts were damaged in the fire.

In a tweet Wednesday afternoon, the Smithsonian said the castle would be closed at least for the rest of the day, but that all other museums would remain open.

Note: The fire department’s initial tweet said the fire broke out on the third floor, but a Fire and EMS spokesman told WTOP the fire began on the fourth floor. 

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