Fire at Fox News’ D.C. Bureau Forces Evacuation Just Two Hours Before Mike Pence Interview
A Sunday morning fire at Fox News headquarters in D.C. sent the network scrambling to relocate to a new studio for their Fox News Sunday interview with Vice President Mike Pence.
The electrical fire at Fox’s Washington D.C. bureau forced an evacuation of the studios, and all Sunday morning shows filmed out of the remote bureau — Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace and MediaBuzz with Howard Kurtz — had to be relocated.
The network chose WTTG, its local FOX station in D.C. According to Fox News, the network had less than two hours to make the move before filming Wallace’s Sunday show, which featured interviews with Pence and Newt Gingrich.
“If things look a little bit different here today that’s because of the fact that we had a fire — yes, a fire — in our building on North Capitol Street,” Wallace said at the start of his show.
Wallace was apparently unfazed by the frantic move: in his tough interview with Pence, the Fox News anchor questioned the VP on his claim that ISIS is defeated, just hours after a suicide bomber from the terrorist group killed at least 15 people — including four Americans — in northern Syria. Wallace also pressed Pence on the ongoing government shutdown, which will enter its fifth week on Monday.
According to the New York Daily News, the fire started on the eighth floor of the building, which also houses MSNBC’s D.C. studios. C-SPAN’s offices were also damaged by the blaze.
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