Cranberry Mall closes early after power loss

June 30, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

The management of Cranberry Mall in Westminster closed the shopping center at 8:23 p.m. Tuesday when a partial loss of electrical power caused the lights to flicker and dim, and smoke to come from some electrical junction boxes, fire officials said.

Shoppers were asked to leave, and employees were sent home early.

Firefighters from Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester responded when the power outage set off an alarm. They checked for fire in the mall in the 400 block of N. Center St., but none was found.

About 25 percent of the shopping center, which normally opens at 10 a.m., remained closed until 2 p.m. yesterday, according to an employee in the management office.

The spokeswoman said an area that includes the food court and Caldor's department store was without power yesterday morning.

Other stores, on a different electric circuit, were able to open earlier, the spokeswoman said.

The firefighters were at the mall for more than an hour Tuesday. No injuries were reported.

Mall officials said Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. workers traced the problem to wiring, which was repaired.

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