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Small Fire Causes Legislative Building To Close For The Day

by | May 17, 2016 1:31pm () Comments | Commenting has expired | Share
Posted to: Public Safety, State Capitol

Kristi Allen photo A small fire broke out in one of the committee offices at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. No one was injured.

The fire was caused by an electrical problem on the second floor in the Human Services Committee office, according to Capitol Police. The fire was attributed to a power surge.

The fire was extinguished by Capitol Police Chief Walter Lee Jr.

Hartford Fire Department said the small electrical fire involved a power strip.

The fire marshal began letting people back into the building just after 1 p.m., but legislative workers were told there was a “lingering odor” from the fire and they were asked to retrieve their belongings and leave for the day.

The building will be closed for the rest of the day. Capitol Police could not comment on the extent of the damages.

The full cause of the fire is being investigated by Eversource.

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