Underground electrical fire leads to evacuation of state Department of Correction facility


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Officials are investigating the cause of an underground electrical fire that led to the evacuation of a state Department of Correction facility overnight Monday.

Crews were able to control the fire. Fire officials have left the scene but were on the scene for multiple hours.

Eversource crews, Connecticut Natural Gas and other contractors were on the scene as well.

News 8 was told smoke was coming out of manhole covers around 11 p.m. and smoke extended into the basement of the apartment building at 119 Washington Street.

38 total occupants were evacuated. No injuries have been reported at this time.

CT Transit also responded to provide temporary shelter on-site for those residents. CT DOC is in charge of relocating all of the occupants, an official with Hartford Fire Department told News 8.

Lafayette Street at Grand Street was closed for a period of time but is now open.

Stay tuned to WTNH.com for the latest details.

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