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UPDATE: State Capitol building briefly evacuated

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Department of Administration officials say Wednesday's evacuation at the Wisconsin Capitol building was caused by a fluorescent light fixture that had an issue with its ballast.

The building was evacuated after smoke alarms went off at 10:38 a.m., and fire officials allowed all staff back into the building about 20 minutes later.

Electricians are working to repair several fluorescent light fixtures that are on the same circuit in other rooms as a result of the ballast issue.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Police evacuated the Wisconsin Capitol building in Madison on Wednesday morning, while firefighters investigated a sounding alarm.

Fire alarms started ringing throughout the building just before 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, prompting police to order everyone from the building.

The state Department of Administration, which oversees the building, had no immediate comment. Todd Alba, an aide to state Sen. Dale Schultz, told reporters outside the building Schultz's staff noticed hazy smoke in Schultz's inner office and called police. Allbaugh said he didn't know what caused it.

The evacuation didn't last long, with police letting people back into the building by 11:10 a.m.
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