Transformer Fire Knocks Out Power to Seattle Center

A transformer fire near the Seattle Center briefly knocked out power to the Seattle Center, including the Experience Music Project, KeyArena and Space Needle, reports

Firefighters were called to the 300 block of Sixth Avenue North about 10:05 a.m., according to fire dispatch records. The outage reportedly began about 10:16 a.m., Seattle City Light says.

Black plumes of smoke were visible from the area of Broad Street and Fifth Avenue. The substation is located along the portion of Broad Street that’s closed to traffic for Mercer Corridor construction.

Seattle City Light announced much of Seattle Center is on backup power and KeyArena is back online about 10:41 a.m. About 325 customers are affected.

The fire occurred in a capacitor bank, which regulates the quality of power flow, according to Seattle City Light.

Firefighters arrived to find flames shooting up from the substation and initially fought it with water, but given the voltage running through the equipment, crews then decided to let the fire burn itself out, a Seattle Fire Department spokesman said.

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