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Posted at 9:05 AM ET, 08/26/2010

Library of Congress reopens

By Washington Post editors

One person has been taken to a hospital Thursday morning after a fire alarm went off at the Library of Congress, D.C. Fire and EMS report.

A fire alarm went off in a computer room about 8:30 a.m. There was no fire, but the alarm led to the release of a chemical used to extinguish fires.

The building's occupants were allowed to re-enter about an hour later. And one person was taken to the hospital as a precaution.


Partial evacuation at Library of Congress
9:05 a.m.
The Library of Congress is undergoing a partial evacuation after a fire alarm went off in a computer room, D.C. Fire and EMS report.

There is no fire, but the fire department is investigating.

By Washington Post editors  | August 26, 2010; 9:05 AM ET
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The building is open again, as of about 10:15 a.m.

Matt Raymond
Director of Communications, Library of Congress

Posted by: mattr1970 | August 26, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

No mention of the street closures, rerouting of buses, etc., and the resulting inconvenience to commuters traveling to work?

Posted by: CalmTruth | August 26, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

The Library has released a statement about the evacuation:

http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2010/10-A04.html

Matt Raymond
Director of Communications, Library of Congress

Posted by: mattr1970 | August 26, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

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