Sunday , June 20 2021

Culvert fire leaves thousands of Hydro-Quebec customers without power

Hydro-Québec says that a power outage affecting Montreal is linked to an underground explosion and a cul-de-sac in Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie.

The fire began in underground pipelines belonging to Hydro-Québec on Belanger Street between Boyer and Saint-André streets, according to Montreal firefighters, who arrived at the scene at 12:18 p.m.

Electricity had to be cut off so firefighters could get into the manhole where the equipment was located.

At the peak of closure, nearly 41,000 customers were powerless. As of 16h30, 30,000 customers had their electricity restored and 11,486 still had no power.

The Metro Blue line was affected most of the afternoon, but the STM announced that the line was back and running shortly after 4:30 p.m.

Bélanger Street was blocked off to traffic most of the afternoon, but now it has been reopened.

Hydro-Quebec spokesman Serge Abergel says Hydro is still working to restore energy to all customers.

"We are using different ways to reduce the number of customers affected. Once the fire is resolved, we can provide everyone who is affected at this time," he said.

Abergel said as soon as the smoke disappears, Hydro-Québec workers will take a look at the equipment to see what has failed.

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