Underground electrical fire reported beneath downtown Sheraton

Firefighters, utility crews blocking several lanes of traffic

March 27, 2013|By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

An underground electrical fire was reported beneath the Sheraton City Center hotel Wednesday morning, but city emergency officials said it posed no danger to hotel guests.

Half a dozen fire vehicles and a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. truck surrounded the entrance to the hotel about 9:30 a.m, blocking several lanes of traffic in the 100 block of W. Fayette St. downtown. Hotel staff said guests had not been evacuated and were not affected.

The Baltimore Mayor's Office of Emergency Management said via Twitter about 9:40 a.m. that firefighters were awaiting the power to be shut off before they could extinguish the fire.

BGE officials were awaiting access to an underground vault where they believed there was a blown fuse, spokeswoman Rachael Lighty said. While the incident may have caused a loud noise, there was no transformer explosion, she said.

Power remains on in the vicinity, but utility crews may need to shut off electricity to some customers to safely make repairs, Lighty said.



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