Underground Fire Causes 8 Manhole Covers to Blow in Providence

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    2 people suffer minor injuries; officials are investigating (Published Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014)

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - An underground fire caused eight manhole covers to blow off in an area on the edge of downtown Providence, and two people suffered minor injuries.

    National Grid President Tim Horan said officials are investigating what caused the fire Monday morning, forcing the covers to lift up. He said high carbon dioxide levels were detected in 300 Richmond Street, which is used by Women & Infants Hospital. Fire personnel had responded there to reports of an odor, when the explosions began.

    The surrounding area was evacuated.

    Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare said two pedestrians suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital. He said the situation is under control and that people would be allowed back into their buildings as repairs are made and readings show it is safe.

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