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Fire causes power outages, closes Alexandria Courthouse

Thursday - 10/6/2011, 2:30pm  ET

WASHINGTON - The Alexandria Courthouse and several Old Town businesses are closed due to a power outage caused by a fire early Thursday morning that damaged Dominion Virginia Power's equipment and underground cables.

"Currently, eight businesses are without power," Dominion spokeswoman Le-Ha Anderson said Thursday afternoon.

Crews estimate restoration will occur some time between 5 and 7 p.m. Thursday.

As a result of the fire, the Courthouse will be closed through Thursday. It is expected to reopen Friday.

Alexandria City Hall is not affected and remains open.

In order to make repairs, Dominion Power had to cut power to businesses in the 300, 400 and 500 blocks of King Street, along with the 100 block of S. Pitt Street.

Alexandria Fire notes on its website that it was a transformer fire in the 300 block of King Street that caused the power outage.

For more information, contact Dominion Virginia Power directly at 1-866-DOM-HELP (866-366-4357).

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