Underground Electrical Fire Shuts Down Much of City of NewburghDec 16th, 2012 | By Jay Long | Category: Lead Article
An underground electrical fire shut down much of the City of Newburgh Sunday and has caused many area residents to be evacuated from their homes.
Broadway was closed to traffic east of Route 9W headed towards the river. Central Hudson has all underground feeder lines cut off as City of Newburgh Fire Department went door to door to make sure the fire had not spread to any buildings.
Residents made note of a loud ‘boom’ early this afternoon and some found roads to their destinations blocked off as they traveled. The cause of that rattling noise was a manhole cover being blown off at the corner of Broadway at Carpenter Avenue.
Those asked to leave their homes were relocated to local area churches and the City of Newburgh activity center.
At this hour, Broadway remains closed between Rt 9W / Robinson Ave and DuBois Street. Central Hudson has the power turned off in that area as well and may be working on the affected area for several days.
As more details emerge, Hudson valley Insider will update this story.
UPDATE : Central Hudson says that only about a dozen customers remain without power and they are optimistic that the repairs can be completed overnight.