Electrical incident draws large response to 22nd and Union

Flickering lights across the Central District and Capitol Hill accompanied reports of a possible transformer explosion fire near a home at 22nd and Union where a power line could be seen on the ground.

There was no sign of smoke or fire at the scene but there were reports of the smell of natural gas in the area.

12 thoughts on “Electrical incident draws large response to 22nd and Union

  1. The Emergency Responders have packed their equipment, and indicate this neighbor on 22nd is OK. A neighbor has agreed to sit with her until power is restored.
    ——-This insident certainly brought home our need to respond in any emergency, by checking on our neighbors. In this case, a neighbor was alone, vulnerable, and needed help. Great to know we have such good neighbors as hers, that they made a point of checking on her, called 911, and are now making certain that her needs are being taken care of.

  2. The neighbor on 22nd lost power, and was on oxigen. When she lost power, she experienced a medical responce needing assistance. A neighbor sat with her until the ambulances arrived. We were told, by these emergency responders, that a transformer had blown, and that there had also been a house fire. They provided these explanations as a reason for their responce time ( we thought they were fast ). It does look like much of 22nd to Cherry is out, and at least one home on 21st as well.

  3. Ah an explanation! Wow is the woman who required oxygen ok? That’s terrible. It’s so odd, I just saw the flashes way over here at Broadway and James and thought it was someone taking photos, then randomly happened upon this post. Didn’t hear the booming..or maybe just didn’t associate the two

  4. BTW, SCL’s System Status page is giving an estimated time for power restoration of 4:01 AM.

  5. —-I just checked on our neighbor on 22nd, her oxegen equipment power needs have been addressed and she is doing fine. Again, our appreciation to the neighbor that jumped in to check on her early on, and arranged for the Emergency Responce to assist her.
    —-I walked a portion of 22nd, down to E Cherry, and all is dark. Most of the previously visible adults seem to have gone home, but there does seem to be at least one noisy or loud group of younger folks that have taken their place. Sounds like they are just having fun, and does not look like anything to be conserned about.

  6. Broadstripe internet appears to be down @ 19th & Jeff even though our power is on. Of course that could just be Broadstripe, you never can tell. Since they don’t have 24/7 CS and such.

  7. I live on 22nd and Union, quite possibly where the transformer blew up which also happened last year during the Summer at the substation. I came home at around 11PM to find my power was out. I hung out in my car parked in my driveway and listened to the radio to power was restored at about 2:30 AM.

  8. I spoke with an electrical inspector from Seattle City Light this afternoon and this is the story: a high voltage line fell last night and landed on another wire that was running into a home. The power surged through that home causing two small fires and basically blowing out the wiring in the entire house. The fallen line also caused a number of the transformers on the block to blow. By 2:30 a.m. last night all but a few houses on 22nd had power. A number of houses on 22nd are still without power as of 5 p.m. this evening. They have been left without power until they can be inspected for damage.

  9. The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt dipanpoist me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought youd have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix if you werent too busy looking for attention.