Power-line fire shuts down Main Street

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AN un­der­ground elec­tri­cal fire near Main Street and Hig­gins Av­enue caused a power out­age for 1,400 cus­tomers in the area Satur­day and prompted the evac­u­a­tion of the Bell Ho­tel.

Man­i­toba Hy­dro spokes­woman An­drea Gru­ber said Hy­dro crews, fire­fight­ers and po­lice closed off the in­ter­sec­tion just be­fore 4 p.m. af­ter a man­hole cover blew off and steam rose from the ground where the cover had been. Gru­ber said this was caused by burn­ing power lines be­low the street.

The cause of the un­der­ground fire is still un­known. Crews had re­stored power by early Satur­day night.

The Bell Ho­tel, at 662 Main St., was evac­u­ated as smoke be­gan to en­ter the build­ing.

Po­lice said there were toxic gases in the air, in­clud­ing car­bon monox­ide, so they evac­u­ated ho­tel res­i­dents onto Win­nipeg Tran­sit buses.

— staff

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