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Crews work to restore power in downtown Sacramento following the SMUD substation fire

SMUD employees were working on Wednesday morning to restore power to downtown Sacramento, a day after a fire at a historic substation shut down the lights of about 1,300 customers. SMUD said it was still investigating the cause of the fire at 11:47 a.m. Tuesday at substation A on 6th and H streets. A thick plume of black smoke rose above the downtown area for a period of time. Timeline and KCRA 3’s sky camera showed an explosion at the fire before the crews responded. SMUD on Wednesday said much of downtown Sacramento is served by three networks from Station A, the substation that caught fire. Those two devices were restored to power Wednesday morning, bringing power back to more than 500 customers. SMUD says about 800 customers are still in the dark. Crews were forced to evacuate dozens of people from a subsidized apartment complex on Tuesday night because of fire concerns related to residents lighting candles. The Sacramento County Main Jail is operating with the necessary powers and is on lockdown, the sheriff’s office said. Visits and “non-essential travel” have been cancelled. KCRA 3’s Leticia Ordaz reports that some traffic signals are back up and running, providing some relief to drivers. Although the fire is still under investigation, Daniel Bowers, director of emergency management, told KCRA 3 it could be an infrastructure issue. “But from a nutshell, what I’ve heard from our fire chief, etc., is that true. Now this seems to be a situation that’s caused by the infrastructure in place. Not just anything. something nefarious or man-made,” Bowers said. He added that power outages could continue into the week and encouraged people to have good situational awareness.” Be sure to stay downtown while commuting. We’ve heard of a few. We have staff on duty to control traffic. We’ll keep that under wraps for the duration of the event,” Bowers said. “But I really just encourage people when they’re traveling downtown, just be aware of the power outages going on and be polite to each other, and slow down.” SMUD’s latest update is that power is expected to be restored to all customers Friday morning, the historic substation’s brick building, known as Old Folsom Powerhouse Sacramento Station A, listed. in the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1894 to receive electricity from the Folsom Powerhouse. MUD has operated the substation since the 1940s and built an outdoor section in the 1950s. “Current substation equipment is nearing the end of its life and needs to be replaced, upgraded and added to space. “SMUD appreciates the patience of our customers as we repair and restore power and sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience,” SMUD said in a 2015 report on plans to upgrade the station. ,” SMUD said in a statement.

SMUD employees were working on Wednesday morning to restore power to downtown Sacramento, a day after a fire at a historic substation shut down the lights of about 1,300 customers.

SMUD said it was still investigating the cause of the fire at 11:47 a.m. Tuesday at substation A on 6th and H streets. A thick plume of black smoke rose above the downtown area for a period of time. Timeline and KCRA 3’s sky camera showed an explosion at the fire before the crews responded.

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SMUD on Wednesday said much of downtown Sacramento is served by three networks from Station A, the substation that caught fire.

One of the networks was significantly damaged, and the other two were cut off for safety. Those two devices were restored to power Wednesday morning, bringing power back to more than 500 customers. About 800 customers are still in the dark.

The outage affected homes, businesses and traffic lights from 12th Street west towards the Sacramento River and G Street south to L Street, SMUD said.

Crews were forced to evacuate dozens of people from a subsidized apartment complex on Tuesday night because of fire concerns related to people lighting candles.

SMUD said it was working to provide meal and hotel vouchers to those affected by the power outage.

The Sacramento County Main Jail is operating with the necessary powers and is on lockdown, the sheriff’s office said. Visits and “non-essential travel” have been cancelled.

KCRA 3’s Leticia Ordaz reports that some traffic signals are back up and running, providing some relief to drivers.

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Although the fire is still under investigation, Daniel Bowers, director of emergency management, told KCRA 3 it could be an infrastructure issue.

“But from a nutshell, what I’ve heard from our fire captain, etc., is that right now this seems to be a situation that is caused by the infrastructure in place. Not anything. anything nefarious or man-made,” Bowers said.

He added that power disruptions could continue into the week and encouraged people to have good situational awareness.

Bowers said: “Be careful in the city center when traveling. We’ve heard of a few traffic crashes. We have officers on duty to control traffic. We’ll keep this under wraps. for the duration of the event”. “But I really just encourage people when they’re traveling downtown, just be aware of what’s going on and be polite to each other, and go slow.”

SMUD’s latest update is that power is expected to be restored to all customers Friday morning.

The historic brick building of the substation, known as Old Folsom Powerhouse Sacramento Station A, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1894 to receive electricity from the Folsom Powerhouse.

SMUD has operated the substation since the 1940s and built an outdoor section in the 1950s.

SMUD said in a 2015 report on its plans to upgrade the substation: “Current substation equipment is nearing the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced, upgraded and additional space is needed to maintain the Substation. A as a reliable power source for downtown Sacramento.

“SMUD appreciates our customers’ patience as we repair and restore power and sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience,” SMUD said in a statement.

https://www.kcra.com/article/crews-work-to-restore-power-in-downtown-sacramento-after-smud-substation-fire/38526837 Crews work to restore power in downtown Sacramento following the SMUD substation fire

JOE HERNANDEZ

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