D.C.’s IRS building reopens after closure due to transformer fire

UPDATE 4/11/2016 4:22 a.m.: The IRS employees’ emergency information hotline says that the building will open as normal on Monday.


EARLIER: WASHINGTON — D.C. fire crews responded to reports of flames in the Internal Revenue Service building Monday afternoon.

There was a report of a transformer fire in the basement of the IRS building in the 1100 block of Constitution Avenue NW at about 2:50 p.m., says D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Tim Wilson. The building was evacuated to investigate, Wilson says.

There are no injuries, Wilson adds.

The building will be closed Tuesday, as it does not have full electricity. IRS employees who are telework-ready should plan to work remotely, spokesman Matthew Leas tells Federal News Radio.

The response caused some traffic issues in the area. Constitution Avenue in Northwest D.C. was blocked between 10th and 12th streets and the 200 block of 12th Street. It has since reopened.

Below is a map of the area involved:

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