MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Officials closed off Waite Park City Hall, just before 7 a.m. on Thursday, after police officers discovered a “haze of smoke and a smell like burnt wire or rubber,” inside of the building.
A news release says the smell came specifically from the police headquarters area inside of city hall.READ MORE: What To Do When Severe Weather Strikes While Boating
Law enforcement cleared the area of all personnel and called the Waite Park Fire Department to the scene to investigate.READ MORE: Feds Investigating Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked To Organic Strawberries; Cases Reported In Minnesota
Eventually they determined that the smoke was caused by a motor going bad inside of a HVAC system.
City hall employees are working in alternative locations for the day — they’ll be allowed back inside the building on Friday morning.MORE NEWS: Witt Jr. Hits 3 Doubles, Ups Extra-Base Count, KC Tops Twins, 7-3
The building had already been closed to the public because of COVID-19.