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Power back on after downtown St. Louis power outage

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Crews responded after a manhole fire began Wednesday night at Market and 7th Street (Credit: KMOV) Crews responded after a manhole fire began Wednesday night at Market and 7th Street (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The power came back on the day after a late-night fire inside a manhole caused a power outage in downtown St. Louis.

The fire broke out near the intersection of Market at 7th Street around 8:30 p.m. on June 15, around the time the Cardinals-Astros game ended, causing a traffic backup in the area.

Fire officials said the electric fire took about two hours to put out. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

Market between Broadway and 8th Street remained closed in morning on June 16. Ameren said crews were working in nearby manholes to isolate damage from the fire and ran temporary cables along 7th Street to restore power. 

The power turned back on in the afternoon on June 16.

According to Maggie Crane, Mayor Francis Slay's spokesperson, City Hall, 1520 Market and the Carnahan building was closed on June 16 due to the power outage. The St. Louis Police Department and City Emergency Management Agency remained open. 

Lights were out at the MetroLink platform at 6th and Washington, but trains were still running in the morning.

According to Metro, several MetroBus routes were unable to serve downtown St. Louis east of Tucker during the power outage. The company advised passengers to connect with their routes at 18th and Clark, near the Union Station MetroLink. 

Around 2,100 businesses and customers were impacted by the power outage.

Rosemary who lives at City Parc Apartments said, "The Red Cross here to check on the people. The fire department knocked on doors too.”

The Red Cross dropped off coolers of water and snack for residents.

Cooling centers are always an option to beat the intense heat, especially during a power outage.

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