STAMFORD, Conn. — A faulty cable is to blame for the electrical vault fire on Bedford Street in downtown Stamford on Tuesday night, said Mitch Gross, a spokesman with Connecticut Light & Power.
The cable cracked Tuesday night, Gross said, explaining that it happens occasionally and that he was not sure what caused the crack.
CL&P shut off power to several businesses so the Stamford Fire & Rescue Department could fight the blaze, he said. Everything has since been cleaned up and power was restored, he said.
Fire & Rescue originally responded to a vehicle fire at 9:15 p.m. but discovered that the flames were coming from the electrical vault underneath it, Deputy Chief Eric Lorenz said. The Jeep sustained damage to the driver’s side, which was parked directly over the vault, he said.
The Ferguson Library, Hudson Grille, Butterfield 8 and other businesses on that side of the street were evacuated due to potential smoke and carbon monoxide in the basements of the buildings, Lorenz said.
Bedford Street was blocked off from Broad to Spring streets by police as firefighters and CL&P worked on the fire, he said. No injuries were reported, he said.