Underground Fire in Baltimore

BALTIMORE --

Baltimore Gas and Electric and city public works officials had life relatively back to normal for a central part of the Federal Hill neighborhood after Wednesday night's underground fire caused a series of manhole explosions and evacuations.

Homes and businesses were evacuated in a one-block radius at the intersection of Cross and Light streets around 4 p.m. Wednesday after officials were called to a fire at the Stalking Horse Bar and realized the blaze was underground.

Shortly after that, power had to be shut down to the area to prevent even more damage.

Fire officials received reports of underground explosions and reports of at least four manhole covers being blown during the incident.

On Thursday, crews laid cable in the area after about 1,000 feet of it was destroyed in the fire. Officials haven't given an official cause of the blaze yet but speculate it was electrical in nature.

About a dozen homes and businesses remained without power Thursday evening, but officials said they expect everything to be up and running again by later in the night.

No injuries were reported.

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