Power restored to City Hall as officials investigate what triggered fire alarms, power outage

Pat Loeb
November 26, 2018 - 1:40 pm
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Philadelphia Fire Department


UPDATED: 2:52 p.m.


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Power has been restored to City Hall after what was originally thought to be a fire in the basement.

The lights went out and alarms went off at about 1 p.m., and the fire department showed up immediately afterward. 

Officials say, however, there was no fire. It's unknown what caused the power to go out, but the fire department has been on scene investigating the building. 

A generator in the basement normally would supply temporary power, but it malfunctioned and instead tripped the fire alarm. The fire department searched every floor but no fire was found. 

PECO is also on site, and it has managed to reconnect the building to power. 

However, no one is allowed to return into City Hall until authorities find the source of the outage.

City Hall has shut down for the remainder of the day. Employees evacuated the building and were standing in the rain with their umbrellas until they were told to finish their work days at home. 

The building is expected to reopen Tuesday morning.


Stay with KYW Newsradio for further updates.