Brush Fire Burns Cables, Causes Power Outage In Burien Area


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Over 3,600 residents in the Burien/SeaTac areas lost power at 12:36pm Tuesday (June 30th) due to a brush fire at a substation that “burned cables on a telephone pole,” according to Mike Eagan of Seattle City Light.

“It seems a cable fault at a terminator on a tower at the Duwamish Substation (located at 10000 W. Marginal Way So.) caused the outage and the brush fire,” Eagan added. “A terminator is a device at the end of an insulated high-voltage cable that connects it to the distribution system.”

Power was lost in an area spanning, from the north end, South 96th Street, on the south by SW 175th Street, between 24th Ave.SW and 33rd Ave SW.

Thankfully, power was restored just over an hour later at 1:50pm, avoiding riots in the streets from disgruntled B-Town Blog Readers.

Here’s City Light’s original statements as posted on their website:

Power went out for approximately 3,671 City Light customers in Burien, SeaTac and unincorporated King County at 12:36 p.m. today.

The cause of the outage is currently unknown, but City Light crews are heading to the area to investigate. An estimated time of restoration is unknown at this time.

The area affected is bordered on the north by So. 96th St., on the south by S.W. 175th St, between 24th Ave. S.W. and 33rd Ave S.W.

Power has been fully restored for the approximately 3,671 City Light customers in Burien, SeaTac and unincorporated King County whose electricity went out at 12:36 p.m. today.

The area affected was bordered on the north by So. 96th St., on the south by S.W. 175th St, between 24th Ave. So. on the east and 33rd Ave S.W. on the west.

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