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November 26, 2018

Power outage in City Hall causes evacuation, closes for the day

City Hall Power Outages
Carroll - City Hall Center Square Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

William Penn envisioned Centre Square as the center of Philadelphia, complete with a meeting house, a marketplace and a state house. His plan never fully came to fruition but City Hall today is the center of Philadelphia government. This is a view of City Hall and Dilworth Park from the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton.

UPDATE: According to NBC10, a PECO problem allegedly caused the outage. The Philadelphia Fire Department responded to fire alarms but found none in the building. 

Power was restored to the building later Monday afternoon. 

City Hall closed Monday afternoon after an unexpected power outage forced the building to evacuate. 

All court operations will be suspended for the remainder of the day on Monday and all City Council hearings have been postponed. 

As of 1:45 p.m. according to the City of Philadelphia Twitter account, crews were working to restore power, but it was unclear how long it would take. 

The official cause of the outage is unknown, however KYW cited "a suspected fire in the basement." 

This is an ongoing story. Check back for updates. 

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