Hawaiian Electric conducts repairs after manhole fire in downtown Honolulu

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Repair work is ongoing after a fire broke out in a manhole in downtown Honolulu.

It happened at around 1 p.m. at the intersection of Alakea and Merchant streets.

According to Hawaiian Electric, crews responded to a report of smoke coming out of the manhole, and used carbon dioxide to extinguish the fire.

The cause remains under investigation.

No outages were reported as customers were switched to a backup circuit.

Repair work required the following traffic closures: the far right lane of Alakea Street from Queen to King streets, Merchant Street from Alakea to Richards streets.

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