Faulty cable, underground fire leads to power outage

Chase Cook
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Faulty cable leads to underground fire and prolong power outage along Cornhill Street.

Electric company crew members are working to restore power to 22 residents along Cornhill Street in Annapolis after an underground cable issue resulted in billowing smoke and power loss.

A faulty cable resulted in an underground fire at 12:37 p.m. Monday that was extinguished by Annapolis Fire Department and Baltimore, Gas and Electric officials as power was shut off to the cable.

There are 22 residents in the Cornhill Street area without power, and BGE officials estimate a temporary fix will restore power around 6 p.m., although that time can change based on weather and damage to the cable.

"They are going to try and do some temporary repairs by this evening," said Justin Mulcahy, BGE spokesman. "It is one of those fluid situations."

BGE officials are planning on a permanent fix to the cable after it is isolated and weather conditions permit the workers to replace the cable, Mulcahy said.

After the fire was reported, residents from house numbers 5 to 25 Cornhill Street were evacuated for safety precautions, city officials said. Those who didn't have an immediate place to go were sent to Market House down the street. They returned home shortly after the fire was put out.

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