11:49 AM: PG&E crews and firefighters responded to a report of smoke coming from a manhole in San Francisco’s Civic Center neighborhood this morning, San Francisco fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.
The smoke was reported at 8:31 a.m. at the intersection of Larkin Street and Golden Gate Avenue.
PG&E spokesman Joe Molica said he received reports of smoke coming from the manhole but that there was no fire.
Molica said a small cable that supplies power to a traffic signal at that intersection failed, causing the signal to malfunction.
The fire department was the first on the scene at 8:39 a.m. and turned the incident over to PG&E at 9:30 a.m., Talmadge said.
As of 10:30 a.m., traffic lights at the intersection were out, and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency employees were directing traffic.
10:18 AM: PG&E crews and firefighters responded to a fire in a manhole in San Francisco’s Civic Center neighborhood this morning, a fire dispatcher said.
The fire was reported at 8:31 a.m. on Larkin Street near Golden Gate Avenue.
Four San Francisco fire units were sent to the scene and two remained as of 10 a.m., the dispatcher said.