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Fire alarm closes USDA headquarters

By Ed O'Keefe

Updated 3:48 p.m. ET
Part of the U.S. Agriculture Department's headquarters closed at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday due to issues with the fire alarm system, according to an e-mail sent to workers.

A spokesman expected the issue to be resolved today, allowing workers to report to work tomorrow.

USDA evacuated workers in the South Building, which houses 6,300 employees and is one of three structures that comprise the department's headquarters along Independence Ave. SW, south of the Mall.

Employees in the Whitten and Yates Buildings were told to stay at the office.

"This is not an Emergency," the e-mail said. Officials urged workers to check USDA's internal USDA BePrepared blog for updates.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 9, 2010; 2:53 PM ET
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And how did anyone recognize that USDA HQ was closed?? No one in the field noticed....

Based on the one else noted, either.

Posted by: eeterrific | November 11, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

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