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SMUD substation catches fire, explodes in downtown Sacramento CA

Updated: Mar 22, 2022

The Sacramento Fire Department said the fire was at a substation operated by SMUD on 7th and H streets. A plume of thick black smoke was above the downtown area for a short period of time around 11:45 a.m Dec. 14. The fire knocked out power across a six-block radius, the Sacramento Fire Department said. Sac RT is suspended light rail service in portions of downtown Sacramento, citing safety concerns. Its trains were out of service earlier in the day from the outage but power was restored to its vehicles.

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