Planned power outages took place for 10,000 customers in North Philadelphia Sunday night as workers made repairs at a PECO substation following a fire last week.
Outages began around 9 p.m. Sunday in homes surrounding the Westmoreland substation on 2634 W. Westmoreland Street. The outages were planned so that workers could continue making permanent repairs at the station. As of 11 p.m. a little less than 600 customers were still without power.
Saturday's bitter cold temperatures caused generators to malfunction for more than 11,500 residents in the Hunting Park section of the city and other North Philadelphia neighborhoods.
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The generators were being used by residents who lost power Tuesday when an electrical fire spread through the Westmoreland Station. Around 36,000 customers were without power at the peak of the blaze.
Traffic lights at surrounding intersections throughout North Philadelphia were out due to the fire. Generators and stop signs were placed in impacted intersections from Broad to 33rd streets and in the Hunting Park section of the city. Police also assisted at the busier intersections.