Smoke scare caused evacuation at Springfield courthouse

Firefighters could not find source of smoke smell at Roderick Ireland Courthouse

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The fourth floor of the Roderick Ireland Courthouse in downtown Springfield was evacuated late Monday morning, after the fire department received a call about the smell of smoke.

Dennis Leger, aide to the Springfield Fire Commissioner, said that firefighters searched for the source of the odor, but did not find anything.

He said that while the fourth floor was cleared, workers and visitors on other floors of the building were allowed to remain where they are.

Leger told 22News that everyone has been allowed back up to the fourth floor.

Located at 50 State Street, the Roderick Ireland Courthouse was formerly known as the Hampden County Hall of Justice until a renaming ceremony last week, honoring Ireland, a Springfield native and former chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.