Fire prompts evacuation in Richmond

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A two-alarm fire prompted an evacuation tonight in Richmond.

It happened  around 8:00pm at the Suntrust Building on  Semmes Avenue.

Employees on the building's 5th floor noticed smoke pouring from the heating vents. They called for help and were evacuated.

The fire was upgraded to a second-alarm due to the building's size.

Fire crews have determined there was a mechanical problem with the building's HVAC system.

Maintenance workers have begun to repair it.

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