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Region's 911 calls temporarily rerouted Monday after dispatch center evacuated

Published April 14. 2014 8:00PM   Updated April 14. 2014 9:44PM

Emergency 911 calls from across eastern Connecticut were rerouted to the western side of the state for about an hour on Monday following an evacuation of the state police consolidated emergency dispatch center at Troop C in Tolland, police said.

Troop C was evacuated at about 8:15 p.m. because of smoke on the first floor of the building, according to State Police Spokeswoman Trooper Kelly Grant. The consolidated dispatch center answers 911 calls and dispatches state police troopers in about 50 eastern Connecticut municipalities covered by Troop E in Montville, Troop K in Colchester, Troop D in Danielson and Troop C in Tolland.

Emergency calls were temporarily rerouted to a consolidated dispatch center at Troop L in Litchfield, which also dispatches the areas covered by Troop A in Southbury and Troop B in Canaan.

Grant said no fire was found at Troop C and fire investigators are exploring the possibility the smoke came from a light fixture. Dispatchers were allowed back into the building sometime before 9:30 p.m. Grant said no calls interruptions were anticipated.

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