2 manhole fires leave more than 200 without power in Boston

Two manhole fires in Boston Sunday afternoon left more than 200 residents without power.

A fire broke out in East Boston at about 1 p.m. near Putnam and Bennington streets after electric equipment failed, causing about 200 customers to lose power, Eversource spokeswoman JoAnne O’Leary told Boston.com. While crews had yet to confirm if a failing transformer caused the blaze, O’Leary said it was likely.

A second manhole caught fire in the North End at Prince and Salem streets around the same time after a transformer failed, shutting off power to about 100 residents, O’Leary said. Eversource brought a generator to the scene, which failed, before a second one arrived to restore power.


As of 5 p.m., power had been restored to both areas, but more than 200 residents in Boston were without power following other issues. O’Leary said crews were working on the issue and power was expected to be restored shortly.

“Overall, we’re in very good shape,’’ O’’Leary said.

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