A number of State Department employees who could not go to work at a downtown building Tuesday because of a fire will continue to be displaced on Wednesday, according to the department.
The fire broke out Tuesday morning on the fifth floor of the building at 2401 E St. NW, which is across the street from the main Harry S. Truman building.
The fire started before 5:30 a.m. and was extinguished by 7:30 a.m., said Battalion Chief Brian Lee. The blaze was large enough to set off the building’s sprinkler system, Lee said. No one was injured.
Several floors within the building sustained smoke and water damage, forcing the State Department to close the building on Tuesday.
An emergency message sent to department employees Tuesday afternoon said staffers “will continue to be displaced for varying periods of time depending on severity of damage to their spaces.”
There are 12 separate bureaus in the affected building, a state department official said, and each director will receive guidance on how to handle employee work on Wednesday. Some employees will telework and others will be given space in other State Department offices.
Employees with children in the Diplotots Child Care Center will need to find alternate arrangements or telework, pending supervisor approval. Parents will be notified Wednesday if the day care will be open Thursday.
All Bureau of Administration departments in the building will be open for business Wednesday, including overseas schools, allowances and commissary and recreation.
The third, sixth and seventh floor offices of Consular Affairs will be open, but the fourth floor offices will not. Legal Advisor's second floor offices will be open for business Wednesday.
However, the following offices will not be open on Wednesday: Diplomatic Security’s third floor offices; Economic and Business Affairs's fifth floor offices; East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Medical Service’s second floor exam clinic and third floor offices; Near Eastern Affairs’s third floor offices; Public Affairs; Political-Military Affairs’ first floor offices.