ST. LOUIS – An underground electrical fire has caused Washington Avenue to temporary close in downtown St. Louis.
Firefighters were called to the area of 7th Street and Washington twice for the sparked fire.
The first time was around 12:45 a.m. and then firefighters were called out again around 5 a.m. Tuesday.
The first time the fire started, employees at a nearby hotel called the fire department after seeing thick smoke coming from the manhole covers along Washington Avenue.
According to officials, there are no outages in the area due to the fire. We are told that Ameren is waiting for things to cool off before accessing the situation.
FOX2 will update this story as new information becomes available.
DEVELOPING: A high-powered fan is now being used to get smoke out of manhole on Washington Ave. following an electrical fire underground. The fire started at 1 this morning and reignited at about 4. One lane in each direction is open on Wash between 6th & 8th. @FOX2now pic.twitter.com/Rk28ZBI963
— Derrion L. Henderson (@DerrionLH) April 30, 2019
@fox2now @skyfoxstl over the scene of this overnight underground electrical fire that has Washington Avenue closed between 6th and 8th streets @AmerenMissouri has no word yet on when it will reopen @STLFireDept pic.twitter.com/EHnNYcIvTl
— Monica Adams (@MonicaAdamsTV) April 30, 2019