A substation fire and explosion near Madison Gas and Electric's main power plant on the Near East Side left thousands of people without electricity Friday during an excessive heat warning, while a second substation near the UW-Madison campus also caught fire.
No injuries have been reported.
The flames and smoke set Twitter ablaze with people sharing photos of plumes rising above Madison's lakes and framing the state Capitol in smoke.
Twin smoke plumes
Fire by campus substation
Fire burns near gas station
Thousands lose power
Smoke on the water
Clouded in smoke
Fighting the fire
Thought we could escape the DC heat & blackouts on this Wisconsin trip, but nope! Woke to electrical substation fires on both sides of the building, which means no power or A/C in 90+ degree weather 😩 Thankfully no one was injured. 🙏 #Madison #Madtown pic.twitter.com/jRTNNeQKGX— Meredith Holmgren (@MLHolmgren) July 19, 2019
Lending a hand
When he learned of the two MG&E fires that knocked out power to thousands of Madison business and residences, Victory Smith headed to Willy Street outside his work at the @SJCmadison to alert drivers. “I would want to know, so I did what I would want... That’s who I am.” pic.twitter.com/OrBer1IgGU— Natalie Yahr (@NatalieYahr) July 19, 2019