Participants in Joe Biden's inauguration rehearsal evacuated from Capitol after fire in homeless encampment

Participants in Joe Biden's inauguration rehearsal evacuated from Capitol after fire in homeless encampment

Participants in Joe Biden's inauguration rehearsal evacuated from Capitol after fire in homeless encampment

Washington: Participants in a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration were evacuated from the West Front of the Capitol on Monday on orders of security officials after a fire in a homeless encampment, officials said.

Those who had gathered for a walk-through, including a military band, were directed to head indoors and moved in the directed of a secure location inside the Capitol complex.

People involved in the rehearsal said security officials yelled "this is not a drill."

Four law enforcement officials told The Associated Press there had been a blaze several blocks over and the rehearsal was evacuated in an abundance of caution.

The Capitol complex and surrounding areas have been locked down after a riot there 6 January.