Power Outage in USA on December 13 2016 03:36 AM (UTC).
An electrical fire in an underground vault on East Market Street led to a power outage Monday morning in downtown Akron. The fire and outage caused smoke damage to the building at 39 E. Market St., which is located between Main and High streets, and rerouted traffic for hours. No injuries were reported but the outage forced the closure of attached buildings that house Huntington Bank and 3 Point Restaurant, and the evacuation of several apartments. The neighboring Crave and Urban Eats were closed, as well, and Akron Municipal Court closed for the day as a security precaution, with cases to be rescheduled. The fire was reported about 7:45 a.m. FirstEnergy spokesman Mark Durbin said the utility company was asked to disconnect power to the building and that resulted in nearly 230 downtown customers losing power as well. The utility had to shut off power at a substation because the smoke was too heavy inside a manhole at the building and utility workers couldn't get inside. Power was restored to the majority of customers just before 10:30 a.m., but some immediately around the building were still affected. The Huntington Bank building didn't suffer any damage and was re-opened later when power was restored, a bank spokesman said. Tony Troppe, who owns the buildings, noted that Ohio Edison was called in last week because of a report of smoke. The utility company responded but didn't find anything at the time, he said. Durbin confirmed that Ohio Edison inspected its equipment both visually and by using a special thermal camera and didn't see any problems.