The lunch crowd at ExxonMobil got a surprise today when the food court and dining room had to be evacuated because of a fire in a lower level. Food-service workers say they were in the midst of preparing and serving lunch for some 900 clients when a burning smell was detected. Service was suspended and the area was evacuated.
A similar smell had been detected yesterday, but business continued as usual.
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Several fire trucks responded to today's call. Evacuees remained on the ExxonMobil tower's breezeways and porches, no doubt bemoaning the lunches they left on the tables.