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Fire shuts down Labor Dept. building

By Sam Hananel

Associated Press

Published: Friday, May 3 2013 8:55 a.m. MDT

WASHINGTON — An overnight fire at the Labor Department's headquarters has shut the building down for most employees.

Spokesman Carl Fillichio says the agency's monthly employment report will be released as scheduled Friday. Department employees and members of the news media involved in the release of the report will be allowed in the building as usual.

But all other Labor employees who were scheduled to work in the Frances Perkins building will receive administrative leave.

District of Columbia fire department spokesman Lon Walls says the fire was reported around 4:35 a.m., but the sprinkler system extinguished it before firefighters arrived. He says the cause is under investigation.

Fillichio did not immediately have information on how extensive the damage was. The building on Constitution Avenue opened in 1975.

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