Under the Dome

McCrory uses small fire at Administration Buliding as his political punch line

Throughout the weekend, Gov. Pat McCrory used a small fire that occurred Friday at the state Administration Building as a punch line in his speeches.

"We said we were going to ignite the state's economy ... that wasn't what we meant," he joked. "But all of together work together to solve these complex issues we will ignited the economy and put people back to work."

A spokesman for the governor's office said a piece of equipment overheated and caught on fire. It was contained to the area but it damaged the computer system and put smoke throughout the first floor. It was put out by a fire extinguisher.

McCrory is likely to keep using the fire as a political prop. His initial schedule today included no public events, but his office sent out a revised advisory just before noon announcing that the governor would "tour" the fire damage at 2:30 p.m. and hold a media availability.

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