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FirstEnergy officials: Underground vault fire causes electrical outages for downtown Akron residents

"The outage in downtown Akron was due to a fire in an underground vault. The outage impacted 175 customers."

AKRON, Ohio — Editor's note: The video in the player above is from a previously published, unrelated story.

Nearly 200 residents in downtown Akron are without power today after an electrical outage. 

According to officials with FirstEnergy Corp., the outage was caused by a fire that broke out in an underground vault. 

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Officials released the following statement to 3News regarding the issue:

"The outage in downtown Akron was due to a fire in an underground vault. The outage impacted 175 customers. Our utility crews are currently working as quickly and safely as possible to make repairs and restore power to customers by 4 p.m."

This comes as some Akron residents are also dealing with natural gas outages, which Dominion Energy says that they are working to restore. 

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"Dominion Energy Ohio crews worked through the night and work is continuing today to restore gas service to customers in downtown Akron. Additional teams arrived from Ashtabula, Canton and Youngstown to help with repairs. Contractors are also on site assisting. Teams responded to an outage Saturday morning and discovered water in the lines caused by a water main break," officials said in a release Sunday morning.

This is a developing story. Check back with 3News for updates as we receive them. 

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