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State offices evacuated after fire

Anita Kumar

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

The fire, caused by an electrical explosion, occurred in an underground work area just after 3 p.m., according to David Botkins, a spokesman for Dominion Power. No one was injured.

About 183 businesses, state offices and residences are without power. The state Capitol, the Patrick Henry Building, which houses Gov. Bob McDonnell's office, and the General Assembly Building had power but the nearby Federal Reserve and Bank of America tower were without power. Dominion Power's own headquarters also lost power to half its building. Several streets were also shut down.

The fire is extinguished. Dominion crews are working to restore power as soon as possible, Botkins said.

By Anita Kumar  | October 7, 2010; 5:13 PM ET
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