ITHACA, N.Y. — A transformer explosion on Meadow Street above Ithaca Bakery on Wednesday made for an unwelcome sparkler show this Fourth of July morning. The Ithaca Fire Department was called around 8:30 a.m. for a reported fire on the roof of the bakery. No one was injured.

Firefighters found smoke and flames when they arrived at the bakery. They evacuated the building and worked to isolate the power, the Ithaca Fire Department said in a news release.

“The electric service cable feeding the building was burning and caught the roof deck on fire,” the IFD said. “There were also solar panels on the roof, which can be a hazard in a fire. The panels were isolated and NYSEG was called to the scene. Firefighters used a dry chemical powder to extinguish the roof fire and checked for extension to other parts of the building.”

Provided by the Ithaca Fire Department.

Crews from NYSEG secured the utilities. The bakery is closed while the owners of the building contact an electrical contractor, but Ithaca Bakery on Triphammer Road is still open Wednesday.

There was some roof damage to the building, but it was not major, Lt. Tom Basher of the IFD said.

The Ithaca Police Department and Bangs Ambulance also stood by on the scene. Off-duty firefighters also came in to cover Ithaca Central Fire Station during the incident.

The Ithaca Fire Department and NYSEG are investigating the cause of the fire.

Kelsey O'Connor

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