Fire alarm prompts Wisconsin Capitol evacuation

By: AP
By: AP

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- UPDATE: Police briefly evacuated the Wisconsin state Capitol building after a state senator's light bulb began to smoke.

Fire alarms began ringing throughout the building around 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday. Police ordered everyone out.

A spokeswoman for the state Department of Administration said a light bulb in state Sen. Dale Schultz's office popped and began to smoke. She says it didn't catch fire, though, and authorities re-opened the Capitol shortly before 11 a.m.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Police have evacuated the Wisconsin state Capitol building while firefighters investigate an alarm.

Fire alarms began ringing throughout the building shortly before 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Police ordered everyone out of the building.

The state Department of Administration oversees the building. An agency spokeswoman had no immediate comment.

Todd Allbaugh, an aide to state Sen. Dale Schultz, told reporters outside the building that Schultz's staff noticed hazy smoke in Schultz's inner office and called police. He didn't know what caused it.

Police had started letting people back into the building by 11:10 a.m.


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