Posted at: 09/19/2012 3:45 PM
| Updated at: 09/20/2012 11:24 AM
By: WNYT Staff
ALBANY - Several streets in downtown Albany were shut down Wednesday afternoon while utility crews cut power to dozens of buildings following a fire in the sewer system.
North Pearl Street was closed in both directions after the underground fire caused at least six manhole covers to be blown straight into the air just before 3 p.m.
The fire chief says he thinks the fire spread and went in two directions, north and south on Pearl Street and west on Pine Street.
Some buildings were evacuated, including the Albany County Judicial Center. Smoke was being drawn into the building through the air intake system. Mayor Jerry Jennings also sent some city employees home early.
The mayor says he will ask National Grid to check out all underground wire under the city to make sure it will not happen again.