Circuit breaker failure causes massive power outage in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A circuit breaker failure caused the fire that left nearly 90,000 customers in San Francisco without electricity on Friday.

As of 5 p.m., PG&E says all power has been restored in San Francisco.

PG&E is working to restore power to the remaining 30,000 customers by 5pm at the latest.

City officials also say they will have traffic control officers at the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge so the evening commute doesn’t turn into gridlock.

A massive power outage left 90,000 people without power and shut down a BART station in San Francisco Friday morning.

The series of outages began at around 9 a.m., according to PG&E. By 12:30 p.m., power was restored to about 10,000 of those customers.

As of 1:30 p.m., power has been restored to 15,000 people in the city.

Power has since been restored to Montgomery Station thanks to a backup generator.

Service for the city’s cable car lines was also halted, and no estimation was given for a time of resumption.

PG&E says a series of outages began at 9:00 a.m. after a fire broke out at a PG&E substation on Larkin St. in San Francisco.

Here’s an official list of the impacted areas, per PG&E:

  • Western Addition
  • Pacific Heights
  • Japantown
  • Polk Gulch
  • Russian Hill
  • Marina
  • Richmond
  • Presidio
  • Laurel Heights
  • Sunset
  • Financial District
  • Chinatown
  • North Beach
  • Fisherman’s Wharf

RESIDENT REACTIONS: The people of San Francisco are taking to Twitter to vent about the power outage

We are also receiving emails from the community that the Laurel Village Shopping Center is powerless.

A number of San Francisco schools have been affected as well. The schools will remain open as long as the students are safe, officials reported.

KRON4’s Maureen Kelly is at the PG&E substation on Larkin St. She says when the incident first began, smoke was coming from the building and firefighters were on scene. San Francisco Fire Department’s Carbon Dioxide Unit was also called upon to help fix the problem. Around 11:45 a.m. Maureen reported the smoke was all cleared.

Let us know is the power outage is affecting you through the “Report It” option on the KRON4 Mobile App.

PG&E map of power outages

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