Aging infrastructure sparks Baltimore fire

07/17/2008 | Sun (Baltimore), The

An aging infrastructure of wires and pipes sparked an underground electrical fire in downtown Baltimore that sent flames 14 feet into the air and took firefighters 10 hours to control. The city spends millions each year to patch and upgrade utility conduits, but complying with a federal order to fundamentally overhaul its sewer system could cost close to $1 billion. "We're doing our best to upgrade it and to change a lot of the infrastructure into fiber optics," said spokesman David Brown.

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