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Crews fight fire in City Hall

From NBC12 News

RICHMOND, VA (NBC12) - Some tense moments this morning in downtown Richmond.     

Dozens of firefighters swarmed City Hall after a small explosion sparked a two-alarm blaze in the basement.     

Officials say contractors were installing a new power system for the city's IT functions.     

The backup battery system for the computer failed, causing an electrical problem.     

Firefighters had the blaze under control quickly and no one was hurt but the city's computer system remains an issue right now.

"Right now we've lost some of the city's services," said Richmond Fire Chief Robert Creecy. "We don't know how many of the city's computer systems has been affected or what it's going to take to bring those back online. We're working on that right now."

We know utility services were affected and if you had an appointment scheduled this weekend, you'll need to reschedule it.     

To do that call 646-3000.

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