UPDATE: Electricity Restored To Most Who Lost Power From Utility Pole Fire


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UPDATE 6:30pm 8/27/09: According to Seattle City Light, power has been restored to most who lost electricity Thursday afternoon after a utility pole fire knocked out electricity for 7,100.

It was not immediately clear what caused the power line to fall from the utility pole. Initial reports that a tree caused the damage were incorrect.

When the wire hit the ground, it started a fire in a wooded utility right of way south of South 96th Street and west of Des Moines Memorial Drive.

The general boundaries of the outage are SW 95th Street on the North, SW 131st Street on the South, Glendale Way S on the East and Seola Beach Drive SW on the West.

PREVIOUSLY: Around 3:30pm Thursday (Aug. 27th), a utility pole caught fire south of South 96th Street and west of Des Moines Memorial Drive, knocking power out to some 7,100 residents in the Burien area.

We were one of them, having lost power at both our office and home. Power was restored for us just before 5pm, and the electrical folks say power should be fully restored before 5:30pm.

Here’s what Seattle City Light had to say about it:

A fire associated with a power outage in Burien and unincorporated King County has increased the number of customers affected by the outage to about 7,100 homes and businesses.

The fire is burning in a wooded utility right of way south of S 96th Street and west of Des Moines Memorial Drive.

The outage started when a tree fell into power lines, knocking them to the ground and starting a fire. At least one utility pole was burning.

Seattle City Light deenergized the power lines to allow firefighters to put out the blaze. City Light crews were dispatched to restore service once the fire was extinguished.

The cause of the outage was not immediately known. City Light expects to restore service to most of the affected customers by 5:30 p.m. by routing power around the damaged area. An estimate for full restoration of service will not be available until crews are able to inspect the damaged equipment.

The general boundaries of the outage are SW Barton Street on the North, SW 167th Street on the South, Glendale Way S on the East and Puget Sound on the West.

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