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Electrical Fire Briefly Shuts Down Mamaroneck Ave

The Village of Mamaroneck Police and Fire Department shut down Mamaroneck Avenue between Boston Post Road and Prospect Ave. Monday from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. due to an electrical fire in the Exchequer building.

Joe Minniti, an attorney with an office in the old First National Bank building on the corner of West Boston Post Road and Mamaroneck Ave., said someone pulled the fire alarm around 2 p.m. after smelling smoke. Assistant fire chief Robert Pecchia determined the smoke was coming from the elevator motor, but said there was no actual fire.

"We secured the motor, turned the power off and, now, we're just ventalating," said Pecchia, while he called Engine 42 looking for a fan to cool the motor. "We've had a couple of problems with this elevator."

Reportedly, the elevator motor was reinstalled two weeks ago, after it began emitting smoke and eventually burned out. On Monday, the elevator was serviced again.

"The elevator men were here all day today," Minniti said. "Thirty minutes after they left and said everything was fine, someone pulled the fire alarm because they smelled smoke."

Two Village of Mamaroneck fire engines -- Engine 38 and Ladder 21 -- blocked traffic along Boston Post Road, while two police cars and the Mamaro E. & H. Co. No. 1 engine blocked traffic along Prospect Ave.

?Jeff Meghen, an attorney in the building, had to finish a house closing with a client at a nearby deli while firemen secured the elevator, which is closed off until the company servicing the elevator returns.??

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