Underground fire being investigated for Morristown power outages

Utility crews are investigating the cause of an underground fire that knocked out power to the Morris Street area on Thursday night, Morristown police said on Friday.

The incident, around 9:46 pm, knocked out power to businesses along Morris Street, and to traffic signals at area intersections.

No injuries were reported.

Jersey Central Power & Light did not respond to calls on Thursday evening about the incident. A spokesman on Friday said the power was restored in a little over an hour, and more details would be forthcoming.

For years Morristown had been plagued by underground explosions and fires, but the last year or so has been quiet, after extensive upgrades to the electrical network.

Here’s the full police statement:



On Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at approximately 9:46pm, Morristown Police received reports of a power outage in the Morris Street area. Responding Officers noted that power was out to businesses along Morris Street as well as to the traffic signals which were controlling the intersections.

As Officers worked to manage traffic at the intersections, a report was received of a fire within a manhole in the area of 64 Ridgedale Avenue. The Morristown Fire Bureau responded to investigate and JCP&L was requested.

Crews from JCP&L were able to fully restore power to the affected areas as of early this morning and will have additional personnel on scene throughout the day today to investigate the cause of this outage.

No injuries or property damage were reported as a result of this incident.

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