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Towson Town Center was evacuated Friday night after a kitchen fire was reported at the food court, according to Baltimore County Fire Department officials. (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Falcone)
Towson Town Center was evacuated Friday night after a kitchen fire was reported at the food court, according to Baltimore County Fire Department officials. (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Falcone)

The Towson Town Center closed an hour early Friday night as authorities responded to reports of a fire at the mall, according to Baltimore County Fire Department officials.

County fire department Lt. Travis Francis said authorities put out a kitchen fire at Mandarin Express in the mall’s food court. The mall was evacuated as well as due to a power outage throughout the site that was unrelated to the fire, he said.

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The outage occurred at 7:28 p.m. due to an issue with underground power line equipment in an area outside of the mall, BGE spokesman Nick Alexopulos said. A total of 180 customers lost power, Alexopulos said, including the mall. BGE crews restored the power at 8:04 p.m.

No injuries were reported during the incident, fire officials said, but multiple people were stuck in elevators. Authorities performed several elevator rescues, fire officials said. The county police department also responded to the scene.

The view inside P.F. Chang's restaurant at Towson Town Center after the power went out. Patrons were evacuated after a kitchen fire in the food court and subsequent power outage at the complex. (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Falcone)
The view inside P.F. Chang's restaurant at Towson Town Center after the power went out. Patrons were evacuated after a kitchen fire in the food court and subsequent power outage at the complex. (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Falcone)

Waverly resident Kathryn Falcone said she and her partner were at P.F. Chang’s Friday night before the fire broke out. All of the power went out moments after a fire alarm was activated, she said.

“No one knew what was going on” as they sat in the dark moments before a manager told everyone they had to leave, Falcone said. Some people were seen stuck in an elevator in the parking garage as Falcone reached their vehicle, and she said the traffic was “gigantic” as people left the site.

“I’ve gone to that mall my entire life and I’ve never seen that happen," Falcone said.

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