A power substation in Redmond, WA, about 2 miles from my house, experienced an explosion and fire today.
I’ve been watching the King5 live feed.
Thick black smoke is bellowing from the site—probably a mixture of burning insulation and transformer oil. In the bad old days, transformer oil contained PCBs. Nasty stuff. But I don’t think this substation is old enough to have the rally nasty stuff on-site.
It is probably unwise to use water to fight fires at electrical substations, so they brought in a foam truck, supposedly from Seatac.
They’ve dumped a third load of foam on the fire, and it is still going strong.
Update: A fourth application of foam applied from multiple angles seems to be doing the trick.
Update: MyNorthwest, “Puget Sound Energy tells KIRO Radio there are about 9,000 scattered outages in the area.”