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Fire Forces Part of Downtown Minneapolis to Evacuate

FireMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Smoke pouring from an underground fire has forced some businesses to evacuate in part of downtown Minneapolis.

The fire was burning Tuesday afternoon inside a manhole in a mostly commercial area.

A spokeswoman for Xcel Energy says the fire probably was caused by overheated electrical cables or equipment, but the cause remains under investigation.

Assistant Minneapolis Fire Chief Cherie Penn says five businesses were evacuated after the fire was reported.

No injuries were reported. Some power was lost to a handful of locations near the fire.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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