HUD No. 05-080
May 28, 2005
MINOR FIRE AT HUD HEADQUARTERS BUILDING
Washington - Cleanup efforts are currently underway at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development headquarters in Washington D.C. following an early morning fire that left water and smoke damage on four floors of the 10-story building.
District of Columbia fire units responded to the 4 a.m. fire that officials believe was caused by electrical equipment overheating near a desk. The fire charred the desk and scorched the carpet beneath it before being extinguished by the building's fire suppression system. No one, except security officials, was in the building at the time of the fire.
Officials say the water damage was limited to some desktop computers, furniture, carpet and ceiling tiles. No servers or IT mainframes were affected.
HUD has hired contractors to work throughout the holiday weekend to ensure it will not impact the opening of the facility on Tuesday. All HUD employees should report to work at the normal time.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities, and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.