Evacuations issued in West Chester, 12 firefighters injured

According to WPVI;

Residents in a portion of downtown West Chester are being told to evacuate due to an underground fire that injured 12 firefighters.

The call of smoke came in shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday on the 200 block of West Gay Street, near the Justice Center.

Residents on the 100 and 200 block of Gay Street are being told to leave the area. Crews are going door to door to check on carbon monoxide levels.

Residents & businesses in the 100 & 200 Block of W Gay St told to evacuate. Crews will go door to door to check CO2 levels. @6abc

Five firefighters were taken to area hospitals due to the carbon monoxide. Seven others were treated at the scene.

Sheriffs telling pedestrians to get off West Gay Street … PECO says they shut off power to 79 customers due to underground fire @6abc

Seventy-nine customers are without power, PECO says. They are trying to determine the cause of the fire, but say it might be due to cables underground.

12 firefighters injured in West Chester
 12 firefighters injured in West Chester. Brian Taff and Sharrie Williams report during Action News at 4 p.m. on August 9, 2017.

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