Lexington Police dispatch center evacuated

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The fire house on Third Street is where dispatchers from police headquarters had to go after the alarm went off that cleared the building earlier today.

Once the dispatchers were out of the building, firefighters searched to see may have tripped the Halon fire suppression system.

Police say the Halon system is a clear gas that takes the oxygen out of a room where a fire is detected.

Once the area was cleared by crews on scene, firefighters began ventilating the area before the dispatchers were allowed back in.
Police say because of the evacuation, 911 calls were temporarily diverted to the backup dispatch center located at the fire department headquarters on Third Street.

"We were able to delay that alarm. It eventually did go off, but in the mean time we started getting the people out of the 911 center. We have right now determined it was some kind of a maintenance issue," said Assistant Lexington Police Chief Robert Stack.

Assistant Chief Sack said things were a little cramped at the Third Street dispatch center, but dispatchers were still able to work efficiently until they got the all clear to come back to headquarters.

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