Explosion sparks underground fire near charter school in Reading
Students moved to opposite side of building until situation controlled
Investigators are searching for the cause of an explosion that sparked an underground fire near a school in Reading on Thursday.
It happened around 12:30 p.m. in the area of North 8th and Elm streets, across the street from the I-Lead Charter School.
Fire officials said the explosion resulted in an electrical vault fire beneath the street. Firefighters quickly got control of the situation and requested the immediate response of a Met-Ed to make repairs, officials said.
The charter school was not evacuated, but students were moved to the opposite side of the building as a precaution while the situation was being assessed.
Some Met-Ed customers in the area are without electricity as a result of the incident, officials said.
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