Fire spews smoke from sewers in the North Loop [VIDEO]
Early Tuesday afternoon one of the sewers in the North Loop started spewing smoke into the neighborhood.
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News began floating around Twitter about the fire, along with disturbing images of the smoke-filled area of Minneapolis.
Early reports say that the cause of the subterranean blaze is an electrical fire in the sewer.
City Pages editor Kevin Hoffman caught action near the fire on camera:
Smoky manhole fire by Monte Carlo vine.co/v/bgYi1DaF1Lm— Kevin Hoffman (@panopticon13) February 26, 2013
electrical fire in the sewer in Minneapolis. smoke pouring out of a manhole on 2nd street.North loop covered in smoke twitter.com/TurnerUP15/sta...— Noah Turner (@TurnerUP15) February 26, 2013
Below is another video of smoke pouring out from the sewer:
We will post updates on the fire as they become available.
According to KSTP's Maricella Miranda, an Xcel Energy spokesperson said the fire started in an electrical vault on 210 Second Street North in Minneapolis.
Several buildings in the North Loop have been evacuated, but there have not been any reports of injuries associated with the fire, reports the Star Tribune.
And now the sewer is on fire. North Loop, you always surprise me. twitter.com/Angie_Arner/st...— Angie Arner (@Angie_Arner) February 26, 2013
Despite the serious nature of the sewer fire, the employees at space150 were able to find some humor in the situation and made a video:
"It smells awful and my stuff is OK but they say the power is going to be out for 'a while,'" says former City Pages web editor Jen Boyles, who lives in the area.