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Inauguration rehearsal evacuated after a fire in a homeless camp | national news

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But U.S. defense officials, worried about a possible internal attack or other threat from service members involved in securing the event, pushed the FBI to check all 25,000 Guard troops. national entering the region.

President Donald Trump declined to attend the inauguration, the first time a sitting president has not been in attendance since Andrew Jackson, although Vice President Mike Pence is there, along with other former presidents .

Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said there were currently no fires on or inside the campus. “Members and staff have been asked to take shelter in place while the incident is investigated,” she said in a statement.

Firefighters were called to the homeless camp shortly before 10:15 a.m., where a woman who lived there had a portable heater with a tank of flammable gas, firefighter spokesman Vito Maggiolo said. The woman, who was injured but refused medical attention, told firefighters the flames were spreading quickly and her belongings …

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