Government Agent office evacuated

  • Jul. 6, 2005 9:00 a.m.

Government Agent office evacuated

What is the worst day for a government agent’s office to be evacuated?
Government Agent Susan Ford says it’s July 4, the day that property taxes are due.
“It’s our busiest day of the year,” she said, while sitting in a chair outside the office taking cheques from confused property owners.
She arrived Monday morning to an office filled with white chemical smoke from a burnt wire in a computer that overheated on the weekend.
After opening all the windows, she called the fire department and an extractor fan was brought to air out the office.
John Goetzinger, who manages the British Columbia Building Corporation buildings on the islands, gave the order to evacuate the building until the air could be cleared.
Ms Ford, who could still smell and taste the smoke an hour and a half after opening the door, says she has been evacuated three times from the building in the two years she’s been here.
Once was because of the furnace, once the propane leak at Pierre’s Auto and now this problem on property tax day.
“It’s another reason to think ahead and pay your taxes early,” she says.
She told people she would process their property taxes later in the day and mail receipts. The employees were back in the office at 10:30 am when the fire chief determined the building was safe.

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