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Five people evacuated from Mariner Square due to breaker issue

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New London — About five employees were evacuated from Mariner Square, 125 Eugene O’Neill Drive, late Tuesday afternoon, after the fire alarm was activated due to smoke from a 480-volt breaker that failed, New London Battalion Chief Jeffrey Rheaume said.

The New London Fire Department responded to the report of a fire alarm activation at 4:27 p.m. Tuesday. Since the issue happened toward the end of the work day, the people in the building went home.

The issue did not cause a fire or damage the building, but there was damage to electrical equipment, though the extent was not immediately known. The city’s electrical inspector will be checking on it, Rheaume said.

An electrical contractor was at the building installing a solar panel system and said the breaker failed, Rheaume said. The issue affected power to the building and the contractor was expected to work through the night to find a remedy, he said.

k.drelich@theday.com 

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