NU Online News Service, Sept. 11, 13:45 p.m. – The Hartford Insurance Group, Hartford, and its subsidiary, Hartford Life, have offices at Manhattan World Trade Center Building 7, one of the World Trade Center complex buildings which was not hit today by terrorist attacks, spokeswoman Sue Honeyman said.

Hartford responded to the attacks on Building 1 and Building 2, the two WTC towers, by evacuating all employee from the World Trade Center offices.

“At this point, we don’t know many employees were in the [World Trade Center] office,” Honeyman said.

At 3:45 p.m., the spokeswoman had not heard any reports of Hartford casualties. “We’re optimistic,” Honeyman said.

In addition to evacuating the Manhattan World Trade Center offices, Hartford evacuated employees at offices in other high-profile areas of the United States this morning, and sent almost all employees home at 3 p.m., Honeyman said.

Property-casualty claims personnel are still at work, however, and can be reached at 800-243-5860.

The life claims number should be available shortly and will be posted on the Hartford Web site, at http://www.thehartford.com

A catastrophe team is in Shelton, Conn., getting ready to enter Manhattan as soon as authorities give it permission to do so, Honeyman said.

Hartford has also set up emergency numbers for employees and their relatives

Honeyman noted that Hartford is not a primary insurer for the World Trade Center complex but probably has some secondary exposure, simply because the WTC risk was so big.