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Power Restored To 2,200 Con Ed Customers After Staten Island Substation Fire

The substation on South Railroad Avenue
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The substation on South Railroad Avenue Google Maps

Over 2,200 households and businesses in the East and South Shores of Staten Island lost power when a fire broke out in a substation on Tuesday night. The customers got their power back by Wednesday morning, as the city heads into a heat wave.

Resident Frank O'Connor told WCBS 2, “It went out around five o’clock but then came back on. Went off and on a couple more times and it went completely out."

The substation on South Railroad Avenue had a "smoking circuit breaker".

Another resident described how the outage was scattered in an interview with WABC 7, "It's crazy, my neighbor next door, his air conditioner is working but everything else is dead... My kitchen had no power, my dining room had power, my bathroom had some power. Everybody in this neighborhood is like that."

Power was back by 5 a.m., but City Council Member Steven Matteo pointed out another problem:

Speaking of downed lines, a few hundred customers in Kew Gardens, Queens are also without power because some poles were mysteriously knocked down.

Con Ed is facing heat from Governor Andrew Cuomo after Saturday's West Side blackout that left hundreds of thousands of people affected by an outage on Manhattan's West Side. The utility initially claimed that the "disturbance" at a Midtown substation couldn't have been caused a 13,000 volt cable issue on the Upper West Side, because the cable was too small to create such a huge outage... only to later say that the 13,000 volt cable appeared to be the culprit.

The governor said, "Blackouts cannot happen... in the city of New York. And they can't happen for no reason."

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