SMUD’s downtown substation, Station A, experienced a fire earlier today.  Most of downtown Sacramento is served by three networks from Station A.   

One of the networks suffered significant damage, and the other two were de-energized to ensure public safety and are currently being examined for safety and fitness. Crews are working through the night to test the two de-energized networks and are planning to restore power to about 700 customers by morning.   

The other network suffered more extensive damage and is still being assessed for necessary repairs as crews work through the night.  

SMUD is working proactively with residential customers and providing hotel and food vouchers to those impacted by the fire. Commercial customers are being contacted and arrangements made on a case-by-case basis to provide support. SMUD is also coordinating with City of Sacramento, Regional Transit and other community partners for outreach and support.  

The cause of the fire is still unknown. Further updates will be provided as necessary. 

SMUD appreciate our customers’ patience as we make repairs and restore power and sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.  

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Originally released at 2:30 p.m.

At approximately 11:47 a.m. SMUD’s substation A, located at 6th and H Streets, suffered significant damage from an on-site fire. SMUD immediately deenergized the substation resulting in power losses for about 1,300 customers in the downtown area.

SMUD has confirmed that all employees have been accounted for and there are no injuries reported. The root cause is being investigated and unknown at this point.

Based upon significant damage, power will not be restored today and SMUD is recommending back-up generators for those who have them.

SMUD is actively working to assess the damage and is calling all impacted customers. SMUD will provide updates as appropriate.


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