COPY-KC federal building evacuated after brief fire

Associated Press - February 19, 2010 5:14 PM ET

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A federal building in downtown Kansas City has been closed following a brief electrical fire that forced out hundreds of people. No serious injuries were reported.

The Kansas City Star reports the fire broke out about 12:30 p.m. Friday in the basement of the 20-story Richard Bolling Federal Building. Fire crews took about 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze.

Kansas City Fire Marshal Floyd Peoples said several people were treated for shortness of breath, probably due to the smoke.

A spokesman for the General Services Administration said about 2,500 workers were in the building at the time. Spokesman Charlie Cook said the evacuation went smoothly and the building is expected to be open Monday.

Information from: The Kansas City Star,

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