- Associated Press - Sunday, November 25, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities say a fire broke out Saturday at the State Department headquarters in Washington, seriously injuring three maintenance workers.

D.C. department spokesman Lon Walls said the fire started at around 11 a.m. in the duct work on the seventh floor. Workers were able to put out the fire before firefighters arrived, but not before three people had suffered burns.

Mr. Walls said one person suffered life-threatening injuries and two others had serious but non-life-threatening injuries. All three were taken to Washington Hospital Center.

StateDepartment spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the fire began during routine maintenance on a mechanical area of the building. She said the building was briefly evacuated and then reopened.