Power Surge, Outage Associated with Smoke and Sparks in Homes Just West of Lake Terramere, Arlington Heights

Generator at a Lift Station on North Harvard Avenue in Arlington Heights
Generator at a Lift Station on North Harvard Avenue in Arlington Heights.

Firefighters, and paramedics from Arlington Heights responded about 6:08 p.m. Thursday, April 1, 2021 to a report of the smell of smoke in a home in the block of 1200 Weston Drive in Arlington Heights. Engine 4’s crew on arrival reported nothing showing from the home.




Firefighters also responded at about 6:13 p.m. to a house in the block of 1100 West Nichols Road to a report that the electric power came back on, and then sparks came out of an outlet. Firefighters a short time later investigated several homes in the area with similar electrical problems.

ComEd had been working in the area since about 3:33 p.m., according to a ComEd report.

Firefighters were investigating a total of at least seven homes on Weston Drive, Nichols Road, Harvard Avenue and Thurston Place for problems related to electric power. In some homes, sparks, smoke odor, actual smoke, or tripped circuit breakers were reported. One or two homeowners reported smoke coming from a cable box.




Fire command reported that the early investigation points to an incident that occurred when workers in the area were charging a lift station. According to Village of Arlington Heights records there is a sanitary lift station known as the Terramere Lift Station at 4100 North Harvard Avenue in Arlington Heights, which is apparently located near backyards and side yards on Harvard Avenue near Creekside Park. Initially, there was no confirmation from officials that the Terramere Lift Station was the lift station associated with today’s incident.

Sanitary Lift Stations are installed in areas where sewage cannot be moved by using the force of gravity through underground sewage pipes. Lift stations lift wastewater and sewage to a higher elevation so that transfer can re-connect with pipes that use gravity for wastewater and sewage transfer.

Generator at a Lift Station on North Harvard Avenue in Arlington Heights
Generator at a Lift Station on North Harvard Avenue in Arlington Heights.
Baldor Generators generator on a trailer at work on Harvard Avenue Thirsday, April 1, 2021
Baldor Generators generator on a trailer at work on Harvard Avenue Thirsday, April 1, 2021.

No injuries were reported. Firefighters left the scene about 7:30 p.m., and ComEd was working with residents in the community to repair the situation. At one point a total of 27 ComEd customers were affected by the power outage.

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ComEd report for an area near Weston Drive …

Customers Affected
16

Status
Scheduling Crew

Probable Cause
Under Investigation

Estimated Restoration
Apr 1, 2021, 8:15 PM

Earliest Report
Apr 1, 2021, 6:03 PM

ComEd report for an area near on Kingsley Drive …

Customers Affected
11

Status
Crews Working

Probable Cause
Underground cable problem

Estimated Restoration
Apr 1, 2021, 9:00 PM

Earliest Report
Apr 1, 2021, 3:33 PM

ComEd crews working on Weston Drive in Arlington Heights Thursday April 1, 2021
ComEd crews working on Weston Drive in Arlington Heights Thursday April 1, 2021.
Arlington Heights Public Works and ComEd working on Kingsley Drive in Terramere in Arlington Heights on Thursday, April 1, 2021
Arlington Heights Public Works and ComEd working on Kingsley Drive in Terramere in Arlington Heights on Thursday, April 1, 2021.

The information in this article is an early report published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.

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Power surge and power outage area April 1, 2021 (Imagery ©2021 Google, Imagery ©2021 Landsat / Copernicus, Maxar Technologies, U.S. Geological Survey, USDA Farm Service Agency, Map data ©2021)
Power surge and power outage area April 1, 2021 (Imagery ©2021 Google, Imagery ©2021 Landsat / Copernicus, Maxar Technologies, U.S. Geological Survey, USDA Farm Service Agency, Map data ©2021).




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