Firefighters douse small fire in Rome's Palisades Hotel basement

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An electrical fire in the basement closed down the Palisades Hotel at North James Street and Black River Boulevard in Rome Friday morning, according to city fire officials.

Deputy Fire Chief Bernard Kaier said there was a “very small fire” behind the electrical panel in the basement of the restaurant at 1921 N. James St. Kaier said the basement was full of smoke and there was a “light haze” of smoke on the first floor.

The alarm was raised at 9:23 a.m. and responding firefighters went down into the basement and put out the flames, the chief stated. National Grid shut off the electricity to the building.

Kaier said the Palisades had to shut down for the day and will need an electrician to come in and replace the damaged electrical system.

No one was injured.

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