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Transformer explosion closes Chase Tower Building; expected to reopen at 7 a.m. Friday

By Staff Report
Published On: Sep 12 2013 06:58:50 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 12 2013 07:03:48 PM CDT

Courtesy Kipps Cheesesteak in Downtown El Paso

Smoke in area near Chase Building Downtown led to the building's evacuation. No injuries were reported. El Paso Electric officials tell ABC-7 Chase Building had a fire in an underground electrical vault next to Chase Building that serves the building. Because of that, electric service to building was affected, they had to pump out water from the vault before going in. Crews have been on scene since 1:12 p.m. when it happened.

EL PASO, Texas -

Chase Tower Building in downtown El Paso (201 E. Main) was evacuated Thursday afternoon following an explosion caused by the El Paso Electric Company's main transformer feed into the building.

About 500 people were evacauted. No injuries were reported.

Jamie Gallagher, senior vice president of Borderplex Community Trust, which owns the office tower, said the building remained closed while the El Paso Electric Company work crews made repairs to their equipment. 

The Chase Tower will reopen at 7 am on Friday, Sept. 13.
 

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