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Posted: 8:00 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2013
KTVU and Wires
PALO ALTO, Calif. —
Firefighters used a CO2 canister to extinguish an underground fire in Palo Alto early Monday morning, a battalion chief said.
Crews responded to a report of flames coming out of a manhole grate in the 1400 block of Dana Avenue at about 4:15 a.m., Battalion Chief Niles Broussard said.
The firefighters isolated the blaze to an underground electrical vault, and used CO2 to extinguish it, Broussard said.
Broussard said flames were reaching six to eight inches above the manhole grate.
The blaze was extinguished at about 4:45 a.m., he said.
No injuries were reported.
Residents in nearby homes that were awake were advised to shelter in place as crews put out the fire, he said.
As of 6:15 a.m., city of Palo Alto utility crews were at the scene to fix the electrical equipment, Broussard said. Some nearby homes were without power due to the fire, he said.
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