Wednesday, January 11, 2017



Underground fire knocks out power to much of Poughkeepsie

Firefighters spent much of Tuesday on Catherine Street
trying to deal with the stubborn fire

POUGHKEEPSIE – Much of the downtown area of the City of Poughkeepsie was without power for some time Tuesday morning as underground manhole fire billowed smoke out into the streets from an underground electric network.

City firefighters were on the scene on Catherine Street to quell the fire, the cause of which remains unknown at this time, said Central Hudson spokesman John Maserjian.

About 830 homes, businesses and buildings were impacted by the outage. Rerouted power was expected to restore electricity to all but five businesses and apartments on Academy Street between Main Street and the eastbound arterial.

Crews were expected to work throughout the night to repair damage caused by the outage.

Overnight temperatures were expected to remain above freezing; however, Central Hudson suggested that customers allow faucets to drip to help prevent frozen pipes.

The impacted area, which includes the Dutchess County Government office buildings, ranges from Church Street, Columbus Drive to Academy Street, Mill Street from Civic Center to North Hamilton Street as well as intersections between the two east/west corridors.


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