Small fire in East Lyme sewer pump station was quickly extinguished

East Lyme — A small fire in an electrical circuit breaker panel in a sewer pump station in the area of Main Street and Smith Avenue was quickly extinguished Tuesday morning.

Fire Marshal Richard Morris said the fire was reported at about 9:05 a.m. Morris said the pump station is currently being repaired and is asking residents to refrain from flushing toilets in the meantime. A backup pump is handling the sewer flow. He said the repair should be completed in the next 30 minutes.

Morris said two sewer workers who were near the panel were taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital for evaluation. He expects them to be released later today.

The Niantic and Flanders fire departments responded to the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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