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Posted at 4:10 PM ET, 08/12/2010

D.C. bldg evacuated after electrical fire

By Washington Post editors

UPDATE:

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Pete Piringer said the fire is under control, Dr. Gridlock reports. Traffic is once again moving through the area.


D.C. fire officials have evacuated a Dupont Circle office building after an electrical transformer fire was ignited underground.

D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says the building was evacuated about 2 p.m Thursday in the 1800 block of Connecticut Avenue. He says there is heavy smoke and Connecticut Avenue is closed to traffic.

He says the fire was likely caused by the morning's strong storm.

Piringer says there have been manholes smoking in several parts of the city. He says the transformer fire is more serious.

--Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | August 12, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  DC  
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