The Richmond Fire Department and the Richmond Police Department are reporting via Twitter that that an underground power grid has caught fire at 13th and Main Streets.
A 3:52pm posting on the City of Richmond’s Traffic Accidents and Hazards page read, “SMOKE COMING OUT FROM THE SIDEWALK…SEEMS AS THOUGH SOMETHING EXPLODED UNDERGROUND”.
Sources tell us that Martin Agency employees working out of the nearby James Center have been evacuated.
Probably best to avoid the area during your afternoon commute if at all possible.
We’ll post more information on this as it becomes available.
According to the Times-Dispatch, the fire is now under control. No injuries have been reported.
[Richmond Fire Department spokesman Shawn Jones] said firefighters were called to the Bank of America Center at 3:22 p.m. for reports of heavy smoke. When they arrived, flames were shooting six to 10 feet above the ground from an underground electrical vault.