Thousands without power after explosion, fire at Madison Gas and Electric

Keith Schubert

MADISON, Wis. – Two fires are burning at downtown Madison properties of the Madison Gas and Electric company.

MGE spokesman Steve Schultz says the fire is in a substation across the street from the Blount generating plant.

The first and larger of the two fires appears to be at the MG&E property at 1722 E. Main St., just off on East Washington Avenue. A second fire could be seen at the substation behind Ogg Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

The UW Madison Police tweeted that a fire was happening at an MG&E substation south of Ogg Hall and gave instructions to "evacuate immediately." The university also tweeted the UW Madison Police are responding to a fire at a substation near East Campus Mall.

Black smoke fills the downtown Madison sky following an explosion and fire at Madison Gas and Electric's main power center and another fire at a substation nearby.

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Ogg Hall, Newell Smith Hall, LaBahn Arena and the Nicholas Recreation Center have all been evacuated, according to an alert from the university. A temporary shelter has been opened at the Kohl Center for those displaced.

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This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Madison Gas and Electric, Wisconsin fire: Thousands without power