sffd_firefighters.jpg3:42 PM: Power went out for businesses and residents in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood this afternoon in an outage related to a manhole fire at Folsom and Harriet streets.

Firefighters were called to that intersection at 1:48 p.m., fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

They fought the blaze by applying carbon dioxide, which essentially “smothers” the fire without damaging the underground electrical equipment, Talmadge said.

No injuries were reported and no evacuations were necessary, she said.

PG&E spokesman Joe Molica said the incident knocked out power to about 1,100 customers in the SOMA and lower Potrero Hill neighborhoods. As of about 3:15 p.m., power had been restored to 885 customers, he said.

He said PG&E is working to bring a generator to the area to get power back to the remaining customers.

Molica said the cause of the outage is still being investigated.

As of 3:30 p.m., Folsom Street remained closed between Sixth and Seventh streets.

2:35 PM: Firefighters are responding to a report of a fire coming from a manhole at Folsom and Harriet streets in San Francisco, a dispatcher said.

PG&E spokesman Jason King said there is an outage in that area but could not say whether the outage was related to the manhole fire.

The outage is affecting an area bordered by Howard, Brannan, Second and Sixth streets, he said.

2:14 PM: Firefighters are responding to a report of a fire coming from a manhole near Sixth and Folsom streets in San Francisco.

The fire was reported at Folsom and Harriet streets, a dispatcher said.

The dispatcher said the department has sent a carbon dioxide unit to the scene.

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