The Madison Traffic Engineering Division said American Transmission Co. will keep the 700 block of East Main Street closed so workers can stage their equipment next to the Blount Street substation, wracked by a fire and explosion on Friday that forced Madison Gas & Electric to cut off power to about 13,000 customers on the hottest day of the year.
Drove into a minor apocalypse this morning. Madison Gas & Electric is on fire and all of downtown Madison is without power. No streetlights, no parking meters. Can’t even get into my building because the card reader is down. pic.twitter.com/hqiTSY27Z4
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#Madtownpic.twitter.com/jRTNNeQKGX
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
Car thieves took not one but two vehicles out of the same garage early Wednesday morning on Madison's Southwest Side, with the vehicles spotted early Thursday morning, going about 100 mph on the Beltline before one vehicle was disabled by police on the Interstate near Edgerton.
In a news release Wednesday, ATC said a voltage regulator — known as a “load tap changer” — within the 138-kilovolt transformer failed, generating combustible gases that ultimately ignited insulating oil.
Cleanup work continued Monday on the MGE and ATC substation on Madison's Isthmus, after the July 19 fire.