Tuesday, April 5, 2016
NPR, Fire Closes IRS Headquarters But Won't Affect Tax Return Processing:
A small fire forced the evacuation of the IRS headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
Spokesman Terry Lemons told The Associated Press that the fire started in the basement around 3:30 p.m., and created a lot of smoke — forcing the building to be evacuated. The Washington Post reports:
The building closed about 2:45 p.m. Monday, before the fire started, "due to electrical issues with the air-conditioning system," an IRS spokesman said. He said that about 2,000 people work there and that "a few hundred" were still in the building when the fire broke out.
There were no injuries and the cause is being investigated.
The building will be closed on Tuesday because it doesn't have full electricity.
The fire will not affect processing of tax returns, which is done elsewhere, officials told The Washington Post.