Portman’s front office was closed, and there was no immediate estimate for when repairs could be made. Other parts of the Portman office, where much of the staff works, was not affected. Fischer herself was spotted doing some packing and clearing belongings from her water-damaged office Monday morning.
D.C. Fire personnel found electrical motors in the Russell attic that had burned up and activated the sprinkler system, according to Vito Maggiolo, Public Information Officer for D.C. Fire. The PIO said the sprinkler system extinguished the small fire, which was completely confined to the attic area of the building.
DC Fire personnel worked with Capitol Police to ventilate smoke from the building before leaving the scene around 10 p.m. The evacuation of the Russell Building, by Capitol Police was completed by about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and most of the building has now reopened.
Katherine Tully-McManus contributed to this report.