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Roads closed near Baltimore City Hall after fire beneath maintenance hole covers, officials say

A portion of E. Fayette Street near Baltimore’s War Memorial Plaza and City Hall was closed Sunday “until further notice” after an underground fire, officials say.

Around 12:30 p.m., the Baltimore City Fire Department responded to the area and discovered fire showing from two maintenance hole covers. Witnesses said they heard a “loud boom” and saw smoke, said Blair Adams, spokesperson for the department. By 1:13 p.m., the bulk of the fire had been extinguished, Adams said. No injuries were reported, she said, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. officials were on the scene Sunday afternoon to evaluate the damage, spokesperson Tasha Jamerson said.

“There are no outages or any sort of gas leaks reported as a result,” Jamerson said.

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The E. Fayette Street exit off Interstate 83 is closed, as is the section of E. Fayette from N. Gay Street to President Street, said German Vigil, spokesperson for the city’s Department of Transportation. The roads are likely to remain closed throughout Sunday night, according to a news release from the department.

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