USDA building damaged by fire closed Tuesday
About 1,300 U.S. Agriculture Department workers will enjoy a fourth consecutive day away from the office on Tuesday due to a fire at their Maryland offices.
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service center in Riverdale, Md. will be closed Tuesday due to a small electrical fire at the site over the weekend. Damage to the building, located at 4700 River Road in Riverdale, was not significant, USDA said.
"Under the agency's continuity of operations plan, those employees able to work from home are authorized to do so," read a statement on the office's Web site. "Those who are not equipped to telework are authorized administrative leave for the day."
Officials plan to assess damage to the building's telecommunications equipment on Tuesday and finish cleaning the damage. No word yet on if or when the office will open later this week.
Most federal employees had Monday off thanks to the Columbus Day federal holiday.
The USDA blaze means two D.C.-area federal buildings have been damaged by fire in less than a week. Commerce Department employees assigned to its headquarters in downtown Washington took administrative leave or teleworked last Friday due to a blaze that damaged the building's third floor.
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