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State Department fire: 3 seriously injured

Fire officials are shown at the scene where a fire broke out at the State Department in Washington on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.

November 24, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Three people were seriously injured after a fire broke out at the State Department headquarters in Washington, say District of Columbia fire officials.

A fire and EMS spokesman said the blaze started at about 11 a.m. ET Saturday in the ductwork on the 7th floor as crews were working on the building. Workers were able to put the fire out before firefighters arrived, but not before three people suffered burns.

Authorities said one person suffered life-threatening injuries and two others had serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. All three were transported to Washington Hospital Center.

There were few federal employees in the building because of the holiday weekend.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.