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New Britain officials, Eversource respond to underground fire in Lafayette, Main Street area

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — Officials responded to an underground fire call late Thursday night in New Britain.

According to New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, the underwound fire was located on the Lafayette Street and Main Street block of New Britain. Eversource was also on scene.

Smoke could be seen rising from manholes as crews worked to put out the flames. Three manholes were affected. Businesses in the area were forced to evacuate when it happened.

City officials are now saying it was an electrical short in a manhole that caused cables to catch fire underground. It happened just before 9 p.m. It was put out before 4 a.m. the following day.

Lafayette St. is now open, while Main St. has one lane blocked heading toward the bus station and East Main St.

There are no reports of injuries.

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