- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Legislative Office Building in Hartford is closing early for the day following a small electrical fire.

Jim Tracy, executive director of the Office of Legislative Management, says staff were sent home Tuesday because of a lingering odor from the fire, which had prompted an earlier evacuation. The state Capitol building is not affected.

Tracy says a wall was partially burned and will require new sheet rock.

The Connecticut State Capitol Police say a legislative staff member discovered the fire in a second-floor office following a power surge. Police Chief Walter Lee Jr. extinguished the fire and the State Fire Marshal’s Office reviewed the scene and later allowed staff and the public to re-enter.

Eversource, the electric supplier to the complex, is investigating the cause of the power surge.

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