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Fire trucks respond to smoke near courthouse

Posted at 6:34 PM, Apr 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 20:35:43-04

Smoke in the area of the Mitchell Courthouse in downtown Baltimore drew firefighters to the area Tuesday evening.

Baltimore Office of Emergency Operations said on Twitter that the fire involved underground electrical equipment and nearby buildings could lose power. Anyone inside the courthouse was asked to evacuate.

Baltimore City sheriff's deputies started expanding a perimeter in the area, expressing concerns about a possible explosion.

No injuries were reported because of the fire, but several hours of additional work was expected as of 8:30 p.m., Cpt. Roman Clark of the Baltimore City Fire Department said.

BGE was on scene with a special network crew to deal with a transformer volt problem which appeared to be the source of the fire, Clark said.