TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – When reports came in of an electrical fire near Wabash Avenue and Seventh Street on Sunday, Rick Burger had a sense of déjà vu.

“Same place. We’ve been here before, we know what we got to deal with.”

The fire was in the same location as the underground electric fire that happened in December. Burger said the recurring issue stems from aging infrastructure downtown.

“[The system has] outlived its life. We know that. We made it a priority. I really appreciate top management making it a priority. We just haven’t gotten to [this intersection] yet.”

Burger said work to modernize the city’s electric grid between third and seventh streets began two years ago. They are currently in phase two of what he called a four-step process to install new equipment, and he said they are about halfway along.

The electric fire on Sunday forced the Terre Haute Children’s Museum to evacuate. Executive director Susan Turner said she hopes this incident can help raise awareness on the importance of reliable infrastructure.

“It’s important to maintain our infrastructure for so many reasons. For current businesses, and so that we’re a good place to attract new businesses,” she said. “Duke Energy doesn’t want to to come out on a Sunday afternoon and have their guys in the tunnels on their weekends.”

She added that both times fires forced power outages, she was grateful for the work from the Terre Haute Fire Department and Duke Energy.

“It’s not an ideal situation for anybody, but we’re all working together to make the best of it.”

Burger said the effected area should be updated within the next year, and they have had conversations on trying to accelerate the process in light of the fire.