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Posted at 4:57 PM ET, 10/ 7/2010

Va. state offices evacuated after fire

By Washington Post editors

An underground fire in downtown Richmond Thursday led to the evacuation of several state office buildings, including those that house the Attorney General's Office and the Virginia Retirement System.

The fire occurred in an underground work area about 3 p.m., according to David Botkins, a spokesman for Dominion Power. No one was injured.

About 180 businesses, state offices and residences are without power. Dominion Power headquarters lost power to half its building, and several streets were shut down.

The state Capitol, the Patrick Henry Building, which houses Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's office, and the General Assembly Building, still have power.

Dominion crews are working to restore power as soon as possible, Botkins said.

--Anita Kumar

By Washington Post editors  | October 7, 2010; 4:57 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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Cuccinelli's office without electricity? He probably doesn't even notice, in his 18th Century version of reality.

Posted by: nan_lynn | October 7, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Any day that Cuccinelli's office is closed is a good day.

Posted by: sunkota | October 8, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

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