State House briefly evacuated after fire alarm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Statehouse was briefly evacuated after a fire alarm sounded.

The Providence Fire Department says it responded to the alarm in the building at about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

A Senate spokesman says there was a smell throughout the building, similar to the smell of rubber burning.

State employees and others stood outside the building in a light rain while officials investigated.

They were allowed back inside at about 2:30 p.m.

The Rhode Island Department of Public Safety says preliminary reports indicate there was an electrical issue with the boiler.

The department says the boiler was smoking, but there was no fire.

State officials say the boiler is in the power plant adjacent to the statehouse, but the smell did travel throughout the Statehouse.

The fire department is investigating.

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