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Fire Closes WV Capitol Building

By: Mike Waterhouse, Mary Tignor and Michael Huff Email
By: Mike Waterhouse, Mary Tignor and Michael Huff Email
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A fire at West Virginia's Capitol Complex will give some state employees an unexpected vacation.

A temporary boiler behind building number 3 burst into flames around 5:30 Thursday night. Workers were leaving the building when it happened. No one was hurt. But the Department of Administration is closing the building Friday because the building won't have any heat.

But there are still some serious issues to deal with. Building 3 has a history of boiler problems. Firefighters say this temporary boiler has been in place for at least 2 years.Back in 2004, employees inside the same building were forced to wear coats and scarves, because the permanent boiler wasn't working and there was no heat.

Building 3 houses several state agencies, including the DMV and DNR. Transportation officials say its other DMV location in Kanawha City will be open Friday for regular business.

State employees can call the West Virginia State Employee information line this weekend for an update on when the building will be re-opened. That number is (304) 558-9117.


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