Large portion of Yonkers loses power after underground fire

July 7, 2013 8:36:47 PM PDT
A large portion of Southeast Yonkers was without power Sunday night, due to a fire in an underground feeder cable.

The underground fire happened around 7 p.m. Sunday night on Central Park Ave in Yonkers. There was so much demand for power on the hot, humid Sunday, in fact, a record for usage according to Con Ed, that the system just couldn't handle it.

Con Edison's overall electric use peaked at 11,241 megawatts at 6 p.m. on Sunday, eclipsing the all-time Sunday record of 10,866 megawatts set on on August 14, 2005.

Manny Tradito was making pizzas a half a block away when he heard the explosion, then felt the rumbling under his feet. Amazingly, he did not lose power, but many of his customers did.

The time in the dark only lasted a few hours before power was restored to the block, but it wasn't easy.

All the customers who were inconvenienced by this fire have their lights back on. As of 11 p.m. Sunday, an additional 2,000 customers in Yonkers are in the dark because of weather-related outages.