Fire broke out just before noon, July 2, in the Pentagon, the huge five-sided building in Washington which houses the Defence Department and offices of the three armed services.
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Background: Fire broke out just before noon, July 2, in the Pentagon, the huge five-sided building in Washington which houses the Defence Department and offices of the three armed services. Fifty people - including firemen - were overcome by dense clouds of smoke, much of it coming from recording film and magnetic tape on which secret defence information was recorded.
The fire apparently started in the Air Force's statistical centre, containing valuable electric brain machines. In some places, firemen had to break through concrete floors with ???umatic drills so that water could reach the fire between the floors. ??? of the huge staff of nearly 30,000 who normally work in the building w??? sent home for the day.
It was five hours before firemen claimed the fire was under control and the damage to computers, tapes and other equipment was estimated at thirty million dollars. The causes of the fire was not known, but may have been defective electrical wiring.