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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

News from home: Capitol gets toasted

Found this article on FoxNews, funny.

Toasted English Muffin Clears Out State Capitol

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A fire alarm set off by smoke in the state Capitol caused an evacuation before firefighters located the source of the problem — a toaster and a singed muffin.

"It was not too badly singed," said Justin Sargent, an aide to Sen. Judy Robson, D-Beloit, after conceding his English muffin apparently was responsible.

The toaster was on the Capitol's ground-level floor, in a joint office and snack room in the south wing.

"It's a communal toaster and we unplug it when we're done," Sargent said.

But firefighters said someone apparently didn't unplug it, and the resulting smoke set off the alarm at 8:11 a.m. Tuesday.

City Fire Department spokeswoman Bernadette Galvez said a fire engine and ladder truck responded to the scene. Others started out but turned around when notified the call was minor.

"There was a little bit of smoke, but no fire," she said. "There were crumbs, and the toaster itself. They reset the alarm system."