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Fire Causes Evacuation of Harrison Office Building

Update: The office building at 550 Mamaroneck Ave. reopened for regular business Tuesday morning after Consolidated Edison workers fixed two electrical feeders that caught fire Monday afternoon.

HARRISON, N.Y. - Two underground electrical feeders caught fire Monday afternoon and forced the Harrison Fire Department to evacuate the five-story office building at 550 Mamaroneck Avenue.

Harrison and Rye officials swarmed the building as Consolidated Edison worked to determine what caused two of the building's three electrical feeders to catch fire. Smoke appeared to rise from the road's grates and officials said the transformer underneath Mamaroneck Avenue was still burning as of 2 p.m.

Harrison Fire Department Safety Officer William Mardozzi said that at about 12:40 p.m. smoke filled the basement of the building. and electrical feeds to the building began to lose power.

Mardozzi said the cause was unknown, however it might be related to the high temperatures, which were in the mid-90s Monday afternoon.

No injuries were reported. Harrison and Rye paramedics were near the building providing water and any additional assistance to workers who were evacuated from the building.

Mardozzi said it was unknown when the building would be open for use as the situation was still dangerous.

The building houses several businesses including Scarsdale Medical Group , Robert L. Rattet Rattet & Pasternak, LLP, Empire Physical Therapy and others.

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