Major Transformer Fire Breaks Out Underground in Downtown D.C.

WASHINGTON — A large electrical fire broke out underground in downtown D.C., resulting in a stretch of road being closed.

The District of Columbia Fire Department says the fire occurred early Tuesday at 18th and L Streets NW as smoke billowed from an underground vault outside a clothing store and an office building.

Officials described the blaze as a major transformer fire. Firefighters said the flames had been extinguished by 2:30 a.m. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

It was not clear early Tuesday whether the fire could affect electrical service to nearby office buildings.

Authorities say the intersection was going to remain closed during the Tuesday morning rush hour.

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