- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say the Gwinnett County emergency communications center has reopened after the building’s fire suppression system activated and left several employees hospitalized.

County police Cpl. Jake Smith said the building reopened Monday evening and the activation of the fire suppression system is under investigation. County fire officials have said the system isn’t a typical water sprinkler and contains an extinguishing agent that can cause temporary effects. Five employees were hospitalized with respiratory issues.

There was no fire at the building and it’s unclear what prompted the system’s activation.

Fire officials have said the building’s operations were temporarily relocated to police headquarters and a mobile operations center. Authorities say the county is evaluating the extent of damage to the emergency communications center.



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