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Westin Hotel at DC's Thomas Circle Evacuated After Fire

Firefighters temporarily evacuated The Westin hotel on Thomas Circle in Northwest D.C. after a fire at a neighboring restaurant sent plumes of smoke into the air on Saturday evening.

The fire started in the kitchen of Rural Society, a restaurant in the Loews Hotel, fire officials said. The Loews Hotel shares a ventilation system with The Westin, and the fire was confined to the duct system.

A spokesperson for D.C. Fire and EMS said the department was called to the Westin Hotel just before 8 p.m. Smoke could be seen billowing from the hotel's rooftop, and fire trucks blocked off Thomas Circle. More than a dozen fire trucks were on the scene.

Fire officials said about 8:50 p.m. that the fire was under control, and guests were allowed to go back into the hotel.

No injuries have been reported.

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