February 24, 2021
An underground electrical fire near 16th and Walnut streets in Philadelphia caused hundreds to lose power and forced several Center City streets to shut down Wednesday morning.
Firefighters responded at 6:30 a.m. to the intersection, where smoke could be seen coming from a manhole. PECO cited equipment malfunction as the likely cause of the fire, NBC10 reported.
More than 200 PECO customers in Center City were without power at one point Wednesday morning. As of 1:20 p.m., only nine customers in the immediate area were still experiencing outages, according to PECO.
Walnut Street was closed between 15th and 18th Streets, while 16th Street was shut down from Walnut to Locust streets, according to CBS3. Pedestrians and drivers were encouraged to avoid the area.
SEPTA service was not disrupted and no injuries were reported.
Here are some scenes from Center City on Wednesday morning:
No Power in Center City along Walnut between 15th & 16th due to Underground Transformer Fire pic.twitter.com/bHvK5WTgEy— Bob Kelly (@BobKellyFOX29) February 24, 2021