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Posted at 6:34 PM ET, 06/22/2010

Manhole fire in downtown D.C. is out

By Erica Johnston

Update, 7:57 p.m.:

D.C. fire officials say the fire in the manhole at 18th and I streets NW in downtown Washington is out. Pepco arrived on the scene near the Farragut West Metro station about 7 p.m. and shut off the power. Firefighters used foam and 500 gallons of water to cool a transformer that overheated and caught fire, D.C. fire spokesman Pete Piringer said. The fire was extinguished about 7:30 p.m.

Shortly before 8 p.m., I Street NW remained closed between 17th and 18th streets, but northbound 18th Street traffic lanes were open.

Earlier:

The D.C. fire department says fire came out of a manhole in downtown Washington this evening. It appears that no one was hurt in the incident.

Pete Piringer, a spokesman for D.C. Fire and EMS, says fire and smoke were coming out of the manhole at 18th and I streets NW about 6 p.m. He said the fire is apparently electrical in nature, and that firefighters are waiting for Pepco to arrive on the scene to shut the power down.

By Erica Johnston  | June 22, 2010; 6:34 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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