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Did You Lose Power Tuesday Night?

A transformer fire caused widespread power outages in North Salem Tuesday night. Did your power go out?

Hundreds of city residents found themselves without power Tuesday night after a transformer caught on fire on Grove Street.

At 8:20 p.m., police and fire units responded to a report of a burning utility pole on Grove Street - by 8:50 p.m., local firefighters were clearing the scene.

Deputy Fire Chief Glen Beaudet described the pole fire as a "one-truck operation" and said National Grid wil be looking into what caused the fire.

So, we have to ask - were you one of the Salem residents to lose power Tuesday night? How long did the outage laste at your house? What were you doing when the lights went out?

We built the map attached to this post using outage reports from readers on our Salem Patch Facebook page and it looks like it was pretty widespread.

Let us know in the comments section below.

d white February 20, 2013 at 03:10 PM
we lost power on irving st. but it wasnt until after 10:00 pm not at 8:20 it only lasted 10 to 15 minutes..
Cathleen February 20, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Same here, we're on Mooney and we lost it for about 10 minutes around 10 o'clock
Carolyn Costain February 20, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Tremont was out to and it was around 10:00pm. Where on Grove st. was the pole on fire? I didn't hear or see any emergency vehicles with flashing lights like, police or fire, National Grids flashing yellow lights?
Meaghan Taylor February 20, 2013 at 04:15 PM
We lost it on Abbott st around 10 as well!
Owen Boss (Editor) February 20, 2013 at 04:23 PM
National Grid was unavailable for comment Tuesday night - but perhaps the outage occurred while crews were replacing the transformer.
Nick Morse February 20, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Bay view cicle
LizPW February 20, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Dearborn and Everett Road 10pm for about 15 minutes

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