The Washington Times - December 19, 2007, 10:35AM

•••\ \ A fire in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House has been safely extinguished and the building evacuated, a White House spokeswoman said.\ \ \ “Everyone was evacuated safely,” said Emily Lawrimore, a spokesman for the Bush administration.\ \ \ The time, cause and extent of the fire is still unkown, Ms. Lawrimore said. The blaze is thought to have ocurred around 10 a.m. on the second floor of the building, she said.\ \ \ At the time of the fire, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were in a meeting in the West Wing. The White House was not evacuated, and Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney are continuing on with their scheduled events.\ \ \ — Jon Ward, White House correspondent, The Washington Times