MA Transformer Fire Leaves Thousands in the Dark


By David Abel, Martine Powers, Travis Andersen, and Zachary T. Sampson

Boston (MA) – A fire that affected two Back Bay transformers Tuesday evening sent a cloud of smoke over the center of Boston, causing widespread power outages and closing subway stations, blocking roads, and evacuating a major hotel.

Although the fire caused structural damage only in the transformer building and resulted in no serious injuries, it paralyzed the Back Bay and South End at the conclusion of the evening rush hour, forcing hotel guests to take to the streets and commuters to look for alternative routes home as a section of the Massachusetts Turnpike was closed to traffic.

More than 20,000 residential and business power customers lost electricity across a large area of central Boston including parts of the Back Bay, South End, Chinatown, the Theater District, and Kenmore Square.

Read more and watch video of the incident HERE

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