IRS Headquarters catches fire one day after Panama Papers leak

Just one day after after the leak of the Panama Papers, the IRS Headquarters basement in Washington D.C. caught fire. Authorities have yet to confirm what brought the room into flames, but the initial reports state there were electrical issues in the basement with the air-conditioning system.

"IRS headquarters in Washington will remain closed for the rest of the week while repairs are made after a basement fire in the building. The agency said in a news release Tuesday that Monday afternoon’s fire affected the air handling system. No one was hurt in the fire. The IRS says telework-ready employees are expected to telework from their approved location. Officials say tax returns are not processed at headquarters; taxpayers should continue to file their returns." As reported by AP (Associated Press)

Workers were sent home 45 minutes before the room engulfed into flames, but even then there were few hundred that were still in the building while the room was burning. No injuries were reported.

The IRS Headquarters is one of the most secure buildings in the country, so it is still not clear to authorities whether this was an accident or arson. If this was purposely initiated, it had to have been someone who has access to the building.  Unfortunately there has yet to be a follow up and it is not a promise that authorities and media will follow up on this incident.

The mainstream media has been focusing on the foreign governments and leaders for their tax avoidance, and there was no mention of any American government official or leader in the leak. There is a possibility that the fire has some connection to cover up sensitive information of overseas tax evasions by American officials and leaders. Or this could simply just be a coincidence.


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