MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Nearly 1,500 employees are out of work today due to an electrical fire in the RSA Tower this morning that caused the entire building to be evacuated until further notice. The structure is likely to remain closed tomorrow, officials said.
Director of Real Estate with the Retirement Systems of Alabama Joe Toole says the extent of the damage won't be known until the area can be dried out and further investigated.
He said to ensure the safety of the employees of various state departments and businesses that call the RSA Tower home, the power was turned off.
Toole says they've opened up the area to ventilate and hope they will be able to get a better idea of how severe the damage is by tomorrow.
Assistant Fire Chief Harold Bellinger said a small fire was reported at 7:34 a.m. and was already extinguished by the building's sprinkler system when the Montgomery Fire Department arrived at 7:37 a.m.
WSFA reports the fire was caused by a burst water pipe that caused the wires in the room to short.
The RSA Tower, owned by the Retirement Systems of Alabama, is the tallest building in the Capital City and is around 403,000 square feet. Its largest tenant is the Alabama Department of Public Health.
It's located at 201 Monroe Street.