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Underground fire leads to power outage in CBD

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Firefighters rush to deal with the fire at Camp and Gravier Firefighters rush to deal with the fire at Camp and Gravier
New Orleans, La. -

Fire investigators are trying to determine what caused an underground transformer to catch fire in the Central Business District Wednesday afternoon.

"At 4:33 pm, the New Orleans Fire Department responded to a report of a transformer fire on the corner of Camp at Gravier Street," reads a press release from NOFD. "When the first-up responding Fire Company arrived on the scene at 4:38 pm they found an underground transformer on fire... The fire extended through the iron sidewalk grid but was quickly extinguished by firefighters."

Entergy suspended power service to some 425 customers in a four-to-six square block area around the fire as a precaution. "Due to the power outage, numerous calls for assistance including persons caught in elevators and fire alarms were dispatched throughout the Center Business District from surrounding businesses and hotels," continues the NOFD statement. "Firefighters rescued all persons trapped in elevators and investigated every alarm.

No injuries are reported. 

Entergy posted a notice on Twitter Wednesday night, saying, "Most customers in the CBD should have power restored by midnight. Some customers will be out longer due to damaged equipment."

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