Underground explosion prompts Massachusetts Avenue closure

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 16, 2015)– The Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) says a blown transformer may have caused an underground fire along Massachusetts Avenue Monday night.

Fire shot up through vents on Mass. Ave. around 8:40 p.m., followed by smoke.

Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL) believes the explosion occurred in an underground vault which houses transformers.

A couple walking their dog tells CBS4 that the fire burnt the whiskers off of their pet.

IPL provided the following statement to CBS4:

At 8:42 PM IPL received a report of a possible underground network event in the 300 block of Massachusetts Avenue.  IPL crews are on-scene and have reported that a primary oil chamber failed. The chamber is located within a vault. There was a report of a flash and loud bang when the event occurred. The area has been secured and IPL crews will continue to investigate the reason for the failure.

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