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Underground fire forces evacuation of halfway house

November 9, 2021 GMT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Fire and power company investigators on Tuesday were trying to determine the cause of an underground electrical fire in Hartford that forced the evacuation of a halfway house with 38 residents.

The fire was reported at about 11 p.m. Monday on Washington Street, not far from the state Capitol. The blaze sent smoke pouring out of street manholes and into the halfway house for people with criminal cases run by Community Partners in Action.

No injuries were reported. Residents of the building were moved onto local transit buses temporarily.

Eversource crews remained at the scene Tuesday morning. Power has been restored to some buildings after repairs were made. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

Residents of the halfway house are referred there by court officials and are either on probation or have criminal cases pending, according to Community Partners in Action. The program provides behavior counseling, employment and other services.