MADISON, Wis. - Madison Gas and Electric officials are reporting that they have restored service to most customers Friday evening, after initially saying all power had been restored to customers in downtown Madison.
Power went out to some 3,200 customers in the downtown area during a news conference with MG&E officials and Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway.
Officials were not aware of the outage when initially asked by reporters, and when pressed on what was happening, Conway said officials were going to "let these folks go back and do their jobs."
A tweet from the city of Madison followed, saying MG&E was still experiencing outages.
Conway had been asking downtown residents to come up with backup plans in case power is not restored by Friday night.
The activity followed a fire and explosion at the company's main power center in Madison early Friday morning.
At one point, more than 13,000 customers were without power. Many business, state agencies, and city and county buildings were impacted by the power outage.
The MG&E substation on East Main Street caught on fire around 7:40 a.m.
In order to put out the fire out at the main plant, MG&E officials had to deenergize the substation, knocking power out to its customers.
A damage assessment is underway.at the main substation.
AVOID ISTHMUS IF YOU CAN: Two fires are confirmed in the downtown area both involving @MGEMadison one at their property at Railroad St, and the other at an MG&E substation near Ogg Hall, the fires are about 1.6 miles away from one another. Cause is unknown, no injuries to report. pic.twitter.com/lE0XoECeq7— Keely Arthur (@news3keely) July 19, 2019
Madison firefighters also had to put a fire out at the East Campus MG&E substation located near Ogg Hall on the University of Wisconsin campus.
No injuries have been reported at either substation fire.
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