Major transformer fire shut down roads in Washington D.C.

USA, Washington D.C.: A fire that broke out around midnight Monday in electrical equipment below the sidewalk at 18th and L streets NW in downtown Washington caused that intersection to be closed during Tuesday’s morning rush hour.

The D.C. Fire and EMS department described the blaze as a major transformer fire, reports The Washington Post.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known and crews were still “assessing the situation”, according to Pepco spokesman Marcus Beal.

However, transformers can build up large quantities of heat and summer air conditioning operations may place high demands on the equipment.

By Tuesday morning, about 100 Pepco customers were without power. Most of those were office buildings in the area. Beal said Tuesday morning that there was no estimated time for when the power would be restored.

Source: The Washington Post