Reports are that the smoke came from the MIS room and has since affected the entire computer system and caused a steady fluctuation of power.
However, a team of computer technicians have been working to restore service. The building is expected to receive direct feed of electricity from the St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) temporarily, until the issue is fully rectified.
Extractor fans are currently being used to rid the office of the smoke and fumes. Staff are expected to resume their duties at 1:30 p.m.
Fire officials were summoned to the Graham Louisy building this morning at about 6:15.a.m, after smoke was seen emanating from the building. The firefighters entered the ground floor of the building and found that the source of the smoke came from an uninterrupted power supply.
The power was shut off in the area and the equipment was subsequently removed. The firefighters managed to clear the thick smoke and handed back the building to government. Immediately after clearing the smoke, government technicians were dispatched to the building.
The building currently houses the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Social Transformation and Public Service Ministry.