UPDATE: State Capitol closed until Monday after electrical fire

UPDATE: State Capitol closed until Monday after electrical fire
Posted at 11:00 AM, Sep 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-08 11:02:04-04

The Michigan State Police held a press conference on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol to shortly after 9:00 a.m., the fire alarms in the Capitol went off. Smoke was detected coming from an electrical closet on the first floor in the south wing of the capitol.

Lansing Fire Department responded to the fire call, and the Board of Water & Light will be investigating throughout the day on Friday, to determine the cause of the fire. Police say the fire was not related to the ongoing construction projects around the Capitol.

One person was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation; their condition is unknown at this time.

The Capitol will be closed for the rest of the day and remain closed through the weekend. Building managers will determine if the Capitol can be reopened on Monday.


A small electrical fire forced the evacuation of the State Capitol Friday morning. The State Police Capitol Post tells us the order was issued around 9:15. The fire was out as of 9:30 but the evacuation order is still in place.