Large building fire early Tuesday morning causes power outage in downtown Selma

Alabama Power crews repair poles and wires that were burned in a large structure fire early Tuesday morning.
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A large fire in the 1400 block of LL Anderson Ave. and Lawrence St. Tuesday morning consumed three buildings and burned several power poles causing a power outage throughout downtown Selma.

Alabama Power crews are replacing poles and wires that burned in the two-alarm fire that began at 3:30 a.m. and caused the power outage to more than 1,700 homes and businesses. Power should be restored by noon, according to Aubrey Carter with Alabama Power.

Selma Fire Chief Chris Graham said the fire started in one building at LL Anderson and Lawrence and spread to two others that were connected via the roof. A building across the street suffered heat damage. The buildings appear to be abandoned and no individuals were found at the scene or needed rescue efforts, Graham said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. It was contained about 5:30 a.m. with the help of three Selma City fire engines and their crews from stations 2, 3 and 4.