Fire at US embassy in Pakistan: Spokesman

A fire broke out in the US chancery building in Islamabad Sunday but there were no immediate reports of any casualties, a US embassy spokesman said, ruling out any terrorism in the incident.

Updated: May 02, 2010, 18:33 PM IST

Islamabad: A fire broke out in the US
chancery building in Islamabad Sunday but there were no
immediate reports of any casualties, a US embassy spokesman
said, ruling out any terrorism in the incident.

"There was a small fire in the main chancery
building," embassy spokesman Richard Snelsire said. It had now
been extinguished, he added.

"We have no report of any injuries or any
casualties," he told AFP.

The spokesman ruled out any act of terrorism in the
incident.

"We don`t have any reason to believe it was terrorist
related," he said.

There was a small fire on the first floor of the
chancery which is the main embassy building, he said.

The extent of damage was not immediately clear and
the spokesman said an assessment was underway.

He said the embassy was evacuated but the number of
staff leaving the building was not given.

The US embassy is in the heavily guarded diplomatic
enclave. Access to the area is restricted.

PTI