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Ocean Boulevard between Pacific and Pine avenues in downtown Long Beach was closed this evening, due to an underground electrical vault fire which has since been extinguished, according a city official.
At 5:43PM Monday afternoon Long Beach Fire Department units responded to reports of smoke coming from an underground electrical vault at Pine Ave. and Ocean Blvd, according to Long Beach Public Affairs Officer Kerry Gerot. The fire has since been extinguished, and a So Cal Edison crew is on the scene, investigating the cause of the fire.
Crews on site have entered the open manhole at Ocean and Pine, which was said to have been smoking earlier. Ocean between Pacific and Pine and Pine from First to Ocean remain closed.
Posted by Long Beach Post on Monday, August 22, 2016
The situation is reminiscent of multiple incidents in Long Beach that caused power outages last summer, sparked by failing equipment in the underground vaults that contain downtown’s power grid. The power outages affected over 30,000 people at their peak.
No power outages have yet been reported this evening.
This report will be updated as the situation develops.