May 2nd, 2010
05:27 AM ET

Fire erupts at U.S. embassy in Pakistan

A fire broke out Sunday on the first floor of the U.S. embassy building in the Pakistani capital, officials said.

The cause of the blaze was unknown, but crews were close to putting it out, according to an embassy spokesman.

It was unclear whether there were any casualties. No more information was immediately available.

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  1. David Cook

    India a superpower inn 25 years? There are more people in India no access to a toilet than there are people in Africa. And that number is going to grow as population grows unabated. A 100 million of potential middle class with 2bn living below a $1/day in 25 years will always leave you behind the rest of the world regardless of the 'Incredible India' advertising. It takes one trip for a westerner to realize the hype.

    May 2, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. kim

    Pakistan has sacrificed almost 3500 soldiers and hundreds others in this fight. We are proud of Pakistani sacrifices. Some ofthe indians are unhappy but this should not be an Indian/Pakistani issue and we should support the pakistani people as much as possible.

    May 2, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Billy K.

    I surprise at you dudes, have some imagine. Haven't you heard of keeping your enemies close? Think about it!

    May 2, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Amanda

    I can't believe the idiotic posts I am seeing here.

    May 2, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. AMP

    If we look at the History, since Pakistan has been cteated by British, it is proven as an Epic Center of Terrorism and Corruption. It was Benzir Bhutto who asked A. K. Khan to sell the nculear secret to North Korea, Libya and Iran which is he stole from Europe. Pakistan is responsible for the terrorism all over the world. Unfortuantely, U. S. is not getting it instead gives away $5.7 Billion to they train more terrotist while U. S. Citizens are stadning in line for Food Stamps! It is a shame of all of us. China is another Culprit who is helping Pakistan to build the bombs.

    May 2, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jennifer

    I agree Amanda.....

    May 2, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. gopher

    What we have in recent days is a wave of trouble hitting the mother land. Oil spill, NYC bomb, natural disasters, etc. This is a trend that will not stop until an event hits in such a way that will collapse the financial system in the US, and Europe, again. Pray that we have the will and strength to overcome "it " again. We need to stop bitching at each other and get our of our selfish "shell". What does it take, people?

    May 2, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. gopher

    Clifford, lets get an Geopolitical and economic course in your belly. Who started the consumer trend? The US has been on a buying and trashing binge for the last 3 decades. I have lived on both sides of the border and seen the Canadians are going the same way as the Americans...."buy, buy, throw them away mentality". The American entrepreneur went overboard and oversees to maximize their profits. Please look at your own neighbor, the monster houses, 4 car garages, 3 bins of garbage every week,...the wastefulness. You have become just as vulnerable as the Americans, and more. Give you head a shake and ask the underlying problems. Are we going to solve the situation just by buying locally? Where and how the profits are being made? We have such a high standard of living and the expectation of a higher standard of living. No one wants to live on $10 an hour and can live on the measly income. Have yourself a coffee and give your head an exercise and debate within yourself first. We appreciate your opinion, though.

    May 2, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Frankie

    Isn't it possible they were just trying to make kabob and it got out of hand?

    May 2, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. ThinkAgain

    First, James may be right. Nobody has proven that it wasn't started by a rogue toaster oven. U.S. Govt buildings all come under the same fire regs, but some things may be out of our control there. Jury's still out.

    Second, the reason we've had the success we've had in Afghanistan over the past year is because of Pakiistan's willingness to join our fight against Taliban. Seems like the current relationship is well worth preserving.

    May 2, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Miugueliux

    I agree with Amanda as well. But I CAN believe the idiotic comments because this world is packed with idiots.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jota

    Obviously, the U.S. backed the wrong "ally" in Pakistan, but, since we gave them nuclear weapons, we need to stay close to have even a semblance of control or at least some level of weapons intelligence.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. conquerer

    Its funny how everyone jumps to the gun over something they have no prooff of. This article itself is a mere 3 paragraphs, of a fire that broke out. Without having any evidence, it is automitically a terrorist activity.

    "Pakistan is responsible for the terrorism all over the world."

    Yes it is true that there have been terrorists that have emerged from Pakistan, but that doesn't mean that they are all bred there. Every race, every culture, every country, in this world will have something, someone, or some incident that will give them a bad outlook, but that doesn't necessairly mean that that whole batch is the same.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ABC

    I agree AMP. Even a kid knows where all the 'aid' from US to these countries goes: Swiss banks. But the threat keeps increasing. In 1970s PLO was considered a terror. Now they are moderates. Guess why?

    May 2, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Zia

    The problem is with the knowledge of some of the participants, (not having enough knowledge or having biased knowledge).
    Just think of Jota, who states the that America gave nukes to Pakistan.
    Some of the participants may not know exactly, where the Pakistan is situated and how is it important to USA.
    Some of the participants may originally belong to a country, where they are brainwashed about some issues in there school education.
    It may be just a wirecircuit, or afire from grill. Even if it is delibrate, even then it does not indicate that Pakistan is to blame for this. Think aroud, whole world.
    Guys think about having some general introduction of 5the participant, so we get good knowledge and information about the issues, rather than getting ingraved political views.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
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