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Colorado Springs Utilities restores power after underground fire

Posted at 6:33 AM, Sep 11, 2023

COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs Utilities has restored power to the downtown area after an underground fire. The public was notified of the restoration shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday.

A shelter-in-place order was issued early Monday morning after flames were seen coming from multiple manholes in the area. Colorado Springs Fire Department crews evacuated three people from a nearby apartment complex during the effort to find the source. That order has since been lifted.

The fire is out and three buildings that were impacted by the outage are still without power. Originally, Colorado Springs Utilities reported that 280 meters needed to be fixed.

Colorado Springs Utilities crews worked through Monday to access an underground transformer to make an assessment of the damage from the equipment failure.

Several roads were closed between South Platte Avenue and Pikes Peak Avenue throughout the Monday, but have since reopened.

Kiowa St. between Tejon & Nevada remains closed while long-term repairs are still in progress. At this time, it is unclear when the road will reopen.

Several Downtown traffic signals were out, but they have now been restored, according to Colorado Springs Utilities.

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