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UPDATED: Power Restored After Transformer Fire Near U Street

by Tim Regan July 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm 3 Comments

Transformer fire near U Street

Update: Power has been restored to most of the area, Pepco said. See our original story below:

(Updated at 7:07 p.m.) Thousands of Pepco customers lost power earlier today, according to the power company.

Power outage image via PepcoNearly 11,000 Pepco customers in a large swath of the Northwestern portion of the city lost power just after 5 p.m. today.

As of about 7 p.m., only about 6,000 customers were without power, according to Pepco’s outage map.

Outages were reported near U Street and in Shaw, LeDroit Park and Chinatown.

Some traffic lights in the area were reported out, warned D.C. Police. Many businesses, restaurants and bars in the area were closed, including Glen’s Garden Market, All Souls, Mulebone and the Anthony Bowen YMCA.

D.C. Fire and EMS reported a transformer fire near the intersection and 14th and V streets NW earlier today.

“Our units standing by as Pepco attempts to cut power to area involved,” D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted. The tweet includes a video of smoke pouring from an open manhole.

Pepco has estimated the power could return to the area throughout tonight and tomorrow.

Image via Pepco Outage Map

  • Kavita Chaudhry

    Which bars dont have power?

    • Brian

      You thinking what I’m thinking??

  • Ray Milefsky

    Kavita’s and Brian’s shallow urge to make yesterday’s power grid breakdown into yet another frivolous kidney-destroying pleasure ignores the harm such temperature extremes have on the elderly and sick. Rather than broadcast the harm the heat attacks and collapse infrastructure and going half a day without air conditioning can inflict on us, WTOP and other social media, including this one, ignore to notify residents about cooling stations threaten citizens’ lives. My wife with MS and I, bedridden with terminal cancer, felt like victims of a bombardment of our beloved city.


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