Smoke from air conditioner closes DCFS

Editor’s note: this story has been updated to reflect a correction sent by government that the agency affected was the Department of Children and Family Services, not the Needs Assessment Unit. 

UPDATE, 12:30pm: DCFS will remain closed for the rest of today while faulty air conditioning equipment that was emitting smoke is replaced.

According to an update on the temporary closure of the unit, smoke is still present in the offices and the replacement of the A/C air handler will happen this afternoon.

Normal operations are expected to resume tomorrow morning (Wednesday, 7 July).

Original story: The Department of Children and Family Services in George Town was temporarily closed this morning after the building was evacuated when smoke from the air conditioning system set off a fire alarm.

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As of 11:50am, the building was still closed, as fire crews assessed the situation and the offices were aired out.

According to a statement from the DCFS, all staff and occupants are safe and no one has been injured.

Although smoke was seen emitting from the A/C air handler, no fire was observed.

The NAU said the public would be advised when the unit reopens.

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