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Building in Oxon Hill under investigation

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Investigators are looking for possible environmental contamination inside an office building in Oxon Hill, after IRS employees working there have raised the alarm about deaths and illnesses there.

Both the IRS and the building's managers say environmental health experts were brought in Friday to begin a study of conditions inside this 10-story office building.

However, there are no conclusions about what may be going on here and the building remains open for business.

The building at 6008 Oxon Hill Rd is known as the Constellation Centre and among the biggest tenants is the Internal Revenue Service office of procurement.

The IRS confirms that employees here have raised the alarm about recent illnesses and deaths, that some suspect may be linked to environmental conditions in the building.

Friday the management firm representing building owner St. Barnabas LLC released a statement saying the company first learned about concerns only Thursday.

In a written statement, the IRS says " We have no specific evidence that shows the building at 6009 Oxon Hill, Oxon Hill, MD to be unhealthy."

The building is open for business, according to a security worker who asked WUSA9 to leave the property.

According to state tax records Constellation Center was built in 1989 and renovated in 2001.

The nearly 200,000 square foot building is assessed at over $26 million.

Both the IRS and the building managers say the health of employees here is their top priority.