Fire forces evacuation of Philly's historic Second Bank

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 13, 2015 11:06 AM

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(Philadelphia) -- A basement electrical fire forced the evacuation of Philadelphia's historic Second Bank of the United States.

Firefighters arrived at the Old City site around 7:30 a.m. today and had the blaze under control within a half-hour.

No injuries were reported. The extent of damage to the two-century-old building wasn't immediately clear.

The Second Bank was incorporated in 1816 and became one of the world's most influential financial institutions.

It ceased operations in 1836 after President Andrew Jackson vetoed the bill to renew its charter.

The building served as the Philadelphia Customs House from 1845 to 1935.

The National Parks Service site now houses a gallery of 185 paintings of colonial and federal leaders, military officers, explorers and scientists.

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