CLEVELAND – Cleveland firefighters are investigating a possible fire at Key Tower in downtown Cleveland.
At about 2:15 p.m. Monday, a dispatcher with the Cleveland Fire Department said fire crews are on the way to the scene.
A woman who works on the second floor of the 57-story building told NewsChannel5 she saw smoke coming from the elevator shaft that filled the entire floor, the power has been knocked out to the building and the building is being evacuated.
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Firefighters said there is apparently an electrical fire in the building.
“ALERT: Electrical Fire at Key Tower downtown, building being evacuated until extent is determined. Please avoid immediate area,” said Cleveland Fire Department on Twitter.
At about 3 p.m., the Cleveland Department of Public Safety confirmed on Twitter that there was an electrical fire in the building, and everyone made it out safely with no injuries reported.
Key Bank posted this information on Twitter:
“Key Tower in Cleveland is being evacuated following reports of an electrical fire in the basement. Firefighters are on the scene. Safety of our employees is a priority. Phones at Key Tower, 127 Public Square & Higbee Building, 100 Public Square, not in service. We will update you on the fire in Key Tower as new information becomes available. Thank you.”
Just before 3:30, the Cleveland Department of Safety posted this update:
“Key Tower fire under control. Limited re-entry only to retrieve necessary belongings. Must use stairs. Electrical still affected.”
One of the people evacuated, Lucien Blackwell ( @blacklu77 ), tweeted us “the entire building has been evacuated. There is a reported fire in the Tower’s high voltage room.”
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