Updated at 3:48 p.m.
SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit Fire Department (SFD) responded to a report of smoke emanating from the sidewalk 55 Union Place at 11:17 p.m. July 12. According to the City, upon arrival SFD crews found smoke coming from a grate cover with visible fire inside an underground electrical vault.
Jersey Central Power and Light (JCPL) was notified and responded to cut power to allow the fire to be extinguished. Power to a large portion of the downtown was shut down and will remain out until crews can isolate the burned portion and make electrical repairs. At the time, JCPL Jersey Central reported an outage affecting an estimated 338 customers in Summit, including downtown businesses, the train station building (trains still running) and City Hall.
City Hall and many downtown businesses and buildings remain without power and JCPL crews are on scene and working to repair the outage. JCPL now estimated restoration time at 12:30 p.m. today. City offices were hoped to be open at noon today.
At 3:34 p.m. the City notified the media that "JCP&L reports that 168 Summit customers remain impacted by the current power outage. Crews continue to restore power to businesses and residences on Union Place, Beechwood Road, Bank Street, and portions of Maple Street, Summit Avenue, Springfield Avenue and Broad Street, and plan to work through the night until restoration is complete."
The City of Summit Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Summit Police Department. Station coverage was provided by recalled personnel.