10 AM: An overhead transformer fire knocked out power to nearly 2,400 PG&E customers in San Francisco’s Mission District early this morning, a utility spokesman said.
A small fire was reported at the intersection of Duboce Avenue and Stevenson Street at 3:53 a.m., knocking out power to 2,388 customers, PG&E spokesman Joe Molica said.
Crews responded and put out the fire, which burned a transformer atop a power pole, Molica said.
Power had been restored to all but 387 customers as of 5:20 a.m., and to all but 72 customers as of 8:20 a.m., according to Molica.
He said a temporary generator had been brought in, and that crews hoped to have power restored to all customers by 10:30 a.m.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Molica said PG&E is looking at whether the transformer was overloaded and needs to be upgraded to handle the power needs of the various businesses and homes in the area.
5:33 AM: San Francisco fire crews are on the scene of a pole and transformer fire that knocked out power to thousands of PG&E customers in San Francisco’s Mission District, according to fire and utility officials.
According to fire officials, a pole and transformer were reported on fire at 3:44 a.m. at 25 Duboce Ave. on the northern edge of the Mission District.
Crews remained at the scene as of 5 a.m., according to a fire dispatcher.
Power went out for 2,388 customers at 3:53 a.m. in the northern Mission District, PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said.
As of 5:20 a.m. power had been restored to all but 387 customers. There was no estimate when those remaining customers would have power back, Guidi said.
Crews are working on a failed overhead transformer at Duboce Avenue and Stevenson Street, he said.
The transformer is on a pole, according to Guidi.
Sasha Lekach, Bay City News