The Legislative Office Building in Hartford was evacuated for more than an hour at midday Tuesday after a power strip in a legislator’s office overheated and caught fire, State Capitol police said.

Chief Walter Lee quickly extinguished the fire on the second floor, but employees were kept out of the five-story building while the electrical system was checked for damage, police said.

The State Capitol, which is connected to the LOB by an underground concourse, was not affected. The legislature was not in session.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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