Underground fire evacuates public market


April 23, 2014

MILWAUKEE Authorities say there is no public safety risk after the Milwaukee Public Market downtown was evacuated after road construction crews reported hearing an underground explosion.

Police at the scene say there was no explosion, but a small fire apparently was burning deep underground. The Milwaukee Fire Department says the fire is now out and no gas is being released.

Road crews working on a reconstruction of nearby Interstate 794 have been pounding pilings into the road. It wasn't yet clear whether workers hit a gas line.

The fire department says no one was hurt. The market remained closed Tuesday and will reopen Wednesday.

Milwaukee police had the area in the city's Third Ward cordoned off.


Associated Press