A fire broke out Wednesday at a property owned by Bill and Hillary Clinton in Chappaqua, N.Y., authorities said.
The flames erupted in the ceiling of the second floor in a Secret Service structure behind the Clintons’ home, a Secret Service spokesman told Fox News.
He said the Clintons were not on the property at the time. No injuries were reported.
Police in New Castle, the Westchester County town that encompasses Chappaqua, confirmed the fire was on the couple’s main property.
Emergency vehicles on Old House Lane responding to fire at Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Home in Chappaqua. pic.twitter.com/IGYiOtY3LN
— Marcus Solis (@MarcusSolis7) January 3, 2018
This report is wrong, & creating much hysteria.
Yes, a small fire broke out in the @SecretService facility today on Clinton property, in a building not connected to their home. Fire was put out, local FD responded. The Clintons were not home.
All is ok!https://t.co/fXnbqtLb2K
— Nick Merrill (@NickMerrill) January 3, 2018
Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said on Twitter the Clintons were not home, adding, “All is OK!”
New Castle police said they received the initial report at 2:51 p.m. and the fire was extinguished at 3:17 p.m.
Fire extinguishers were used to put out the fire in the second-floor ceiling of the detached structure behind the Clintons’ home, the Secret Service said in a statement on Wednesday.
The former President and his wife have made Chappaqua their primary home since Bill Clinton left office in 2001. They purchased the five-bedroom, 19th-century house for $1.7 million in 1999.
In August 2016, the Clintons bought the four-bedroom house next door for $1.16 million. At the time, it was reported that the home was purchased to house the Secret Service in anticipation of Mrs. Clinton winning the presidency.
In October, the town building inspector found that the Clintons were missing several permits for work that was being done on a kitchen renovation and in-ground pool on the property.
A bathroom fan was the reported cause of the fire at the Clinton property in Chappaqua on Wednesday, New Castle Town Supervisor Robert Greenstein said today.
“Apparently a bathroom fan shorted out,” he said in an email on Friday.
The small fire burned a hole in the bathroom ceiling of the facility, which is used by the Secret Service, at 15 Old House Lane, Greenstein said.