Fire alarm closes USDA headquarters
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.
USDA evacuated workers in the South Building, one of three structures that comprise the department's headquarters between along Independence Ave. SW, just 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 Please check and monitor its internal USDA BePrepared blog for updates.
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