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UPDATED: Fire Sparks Widespread Power Outages; 1,000 Customers Without Power For The Night

Tacoma Power says it must restore power to two areas of Lakewood that were hit hard.

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UPDATE 9 a.m. 1/31/13

Just before 5 a.m. this morning, over 400 customers in Lakewood were still without power. As of 9 a.m., 30 customers are still without power. 

UPDATE 10:30 p.m. 1/30/13

Here's an update on the outage from Tacoma Public Utilities:

"Down to about 1,000 people without power. Should have another update in about an hour. If you don't have power, hang in there. We are working on it!"

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UPDATE 8 p.m. 1/30/13

From Tacoma Public Utilities:

Damage from a pole fire that caused an outage in the Lakewood area means that about 1,600 customers may not have power tonight.

"Bad news," the utility wrote on its Facebook page. "The damage to our system was worse than we originally thought."

Tacoma Power crews are working to restore service to as many people as possible, but must replace the pole and equipment that burned. It will take the longest to restore service to people who live in this area of Lakewood: 

  • 70th Street SW to 87th Street SW and
  • 63rd Avenue SW to Phillips Road SW

Crews will work through the night to fix the damage.

Tacoma Power will keep our Facebook and Twitter sites updated with current information.

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UPDATE 1/30/13 7 p.m. 

A West Pierce Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said that the power loss is due to a main power line that caught fire. The fire was extinguished but crews are now on other calls. 

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There are many dark windows in the South Sound tonight after a pole fire caused power outages on JBLM and in Steilacoom, University Place and south Tacoma, according to Tacoma Public Utilities on Facebook.

The outage was first reported at about 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening and crews expect to restore power by about 8:30 p.m. tonight, after replacing the pole.

Patch readers on the Lakewood-JBLM Facebook page say power has been restored, but blacked out traffic lights have created a headache around the Lakewood Towne Center. 

Digitaldiva January 31, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Power isn't restored. Something blew at the corner of Bridgeport and 75th. Loud explosion then power flickered and has been out. Who and where is power restored.
Brent Champaco January 31, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Just now?
Lauren Padgett (Editor) January 31, 2013 at 03:09 AM
TPU crews estimated it would take about two hours to completely restore power... and by my watch, two hours after they said that would make it about 8:30.
ZB January 31, 2013 at 03:14 AM
we still are without power....Lexington Apartments-in Lakewood :(
Digitaldiva January 31, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Pole fire causing the outage (there was a transformer like explosion) about 5:30. I drove by about 5 ish and fire truck/fire fighters were looking up a power pole. Traffic is terrible, can't leave for gridlock. I live several blocks from the "pole fire" and there is no power in Lakewood (except the sound of generators).
Seven January 31, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Somebody told me it was due to a earthquake that happen in portland.
Brent Champaco January 31, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Where was the fire?
Lisa Thomas January 31, 2013 at 04:06 AM
I was sitting at the light at 56th and Orchard and saw the light from the explosion. I thought power was going to be out for a long time. I was surprised when power restored by 6:30pm. I am in near 83rd Ave and Steilacoom Blvd in Lakewood.
Digitaldiva January 31, 2013 at 04:08 AM
No, Bridgeport and 75th. Almost to UP. Near the Walmart on bridgeport and Lakewood collision on 75th. Custer and 74th are nearest big streets.
Digitaldiva January 31, 2013 at 04:18 AM
Still out in the area of fire. Is there a map available to see the impact? W. Pierce Fire was at "the pole" 45 mins before the explosion and power outage.
scotty stanely January 31, 2013 at 04:35 AM
power is back on
Robin January 31, 2013 at 04:46 AM
Power still out at our house 78th w and john dower.
Robin January 31, 2013 at 04:51 AM
Well, I think power is back. Keep your fingers crossed it stays on for the night.
Lauren Padgett (Editor) January 31, 2013 at 05:04 AM
That's good news!

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