Rayburn Occupants Briefly Evacuate After Smelling Smoke

Posted March 24, 2003 at 12:29pm

The Rayburn House Office Building was evacuated at 10:56 a.m. Monday following reports of smoke in the facility’s garage.

Members and staff were allowed to re-enter the building at 12:30 p.m.

Capitol Police spokeswoman Jessica Gissubel said there was no evidence of fire. Witnesses may have smelled smoke caused by a mechanical malfunction in the garage, she said.

An evacuation drill scheduled for 2 p.m. has been canceled.