Massachusetts State House evacuated, closed after electrical fire

BOSTON, (WLNE) — Superintendent of the Massachusetts State House Tammy Kraus announced Tuesday evening that the State House will remain closed through Wednesday.

Massachusetts State Police said Tuesday afternoon that an electrical fire lead to the evacuation of the Massachusetts State House.

According to police, at approximately 2:12 p.m., the fire was discovered in the basement of the State House in a transformer room. The fire did not spread beyond the room.

Authorities said after waiting for power to be cut, the room where the fire started was vented for utility workers to begin working.

Utilities were shut off and the fire was extinguished just before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Firefighters also reported heavy smoke throughout the building. No injuries were reported.

The State House will remain closed, officials stated.

Bowdoin, Beacon and Hancock Streets were reopened to traffic after hours of being shut down.

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