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US Capitol temporarily shuts down after fire breaks nearby US Capitol
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US Capitol temporarily shuts down after fire breaks nearby

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 18 Jan 2021, 10:52 pm

Washington/IBNS: The US Capitol was on Monday shut down temporarily after a fire broke out near the complex, the Capitol Police said.

The fire comes just two days before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

However, the US Secret Service said there is no threat to the public.

"Public safety and law enforcement responded to a small fire in the area of 1st and F streets SE, Washington, D.C. that has been extinguished. Out of an abundance of caution the U.S. Capitol complex was temporarily shutdown. There is no threat to the public," the US Secret Service said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, authorities in all 50 US states and in the District of Columbia (DC) are on high alert for possible violent protests by armed supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump, ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday.

In the capital Washington DC, the National Guard troops have been brought in to deter any repeat of last week's deadly riots.