BEVERLY (CBS) – An underground fire in Beverly knocked out power for several hundred residents and temporarily impacted phone lines at City Hall and the fire department.
Around 7:30 a.m on Thursday a transformer caught fire on Cabot Street.READ MORE: USS Constitution Fires 21-Gun Salute With Newly-Trailed Navy Sailors Aboard
Power was out for about 730 customers.READ MORE: Service Dog Stolen From New Hampshire Walmart, Police Say
Because City Hall and Beverly Fire Department phone lines are down, anyone with a a potential emergency was asked to call 911 during the outage.
Power was restored at about 8:00 p.m.
Though the fire was close to a building in the area, only smoke got inside, no flames.MORE NEWS: Luis Santiago Charged In Dorchester Hit And Run That Left 11-Year-Old Francis Nedwell Seriously Hurt
Due to frigid temperatures in the area, a shelter and nearby churches were open for anyone without power who needed to keep warm.