Dozens of people were evacuated from the Villa Bellemont condominiums on Welsh Tract Road in near Newark on Saturday night. 7/8/19 Damian Giletto, The News Journal
Residents of the Villa Bellemont condominiums near Newark were able to return home Saturday after an underground power cable caught fire there on Friday night.
Officials had estimated that it could take days to restore power following an underground electrical fire at the Welsh Tract Road complex, but a temporary fix was able to restore power by Saturday afternoon, according to the Newark mayor.
Aetna Hose Hook & Ladder Company of Newark first responded to reports of an electrical line smoking around 8:30 p.m. Friday.
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Two of the complex’s eight three-story buildings — buildings 72 and 80 — lost power.
Newark Fire Department responding to the electrical fire on Saturday night. (Photo: John J. Jankowski Jr., Special to Delaware News Journal)
Several fire departments assisted people from the buildings and the Red Cross arranged for temporary housing.
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The city of Newark Power had to cut electricity to both buildings to attack the fire.
Crews are working on a permanent fix.
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