Multiple Reports of Lines Down and Transformer Fires in Northwest Suburbs

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Article will be updated at the bottom with new power-related or weather-related incidents involving fire departments in the northwest suburbs near Arlington Heights.

Multiple problems and hazards with power lines down and transformer fires began about 7:00 a.m. Friday, January 12, 2024. Wind gusts have diminished as of 9:00 a.m., and are expected to diminish to about 10 MPH at 7:00 p.m., and then increase and peak to around 45 MPH at 3:00 a.m. Saturday.

O’Hare Wind Gusts …

06:51 AM 30 MPH
07:51 AM 55 MPH
08:51 AM 26 MPH

New Snowfall Since 3:30 AM
Snow began at 3:30 central Arl Hts

5:30 AM 1.0 inch
9:30 AM 4.5 inches

There have been a few reports of transformers burning more intensely than the usual transformer fire, and there have been reports of power lines across roads and on top of some vehicles.

There are several reports of hot power lines down.

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Fire department power-related response list …
Latest power-related incident report logged by CARDINAL NEWS: 09:02 AM

06:59 AM – Oakton Street and Diane Drive Mount Prospect, power line down with fire, smoke or arcing.

07:17 AM – The Moorings, 811 East Central Road, occupant(s) trapped in an elevator due to power failure, elevator rescue.

07:18 AM – Palatine Road and Plum Grove Road, power line down with fire, smoke or arcing.

07:30 AM – Block of 1200 Crabtree Lane near Euclid Avenue Mount Prospect, arcing near utility pole

07:32 AM – Main Street and Evergreen Avenue Mount Prospect, power line down with fire, smoke or arcing in the parking lot near Hubby’s Dog House.

7:32 AM – Touhy Avenue and Elmhurst Road on the east side of Elmhurst Road, transformer on fire.

7:35 AM – Busse Road and Greenleaf Avenue Elk Grove Village, power line down near Citgo gas station with fire, smoke or arcing. Busse Road possibly close near this incident.

7:40 AM – Arlington Heights Road and McHenry Road Buffalo Grove, power line down across McHenry Road.

07:41 AM – Magnolia Lane and Busse Road Mount Prospect, report of a fire in the street possible from a power line down.

07:43 AM – 200 Appplebee Street near Flex Brewing Barrington, power lines down across the railroad tracks.

07:45 AM – Block of 1300 North Highland Avenue Arlington Heights, problem with transformer.

07:52 AM – 746 West Dempster Street at Birch Manor Condos Mount Prospect, arcing power lines.

07:59 AM – 2451 Estes Avenue Elk Grove Village near CSM Fastener Products Elk Grove Village, power line down.

8:13 AM – Buffalo Grove Road an Bernard Drive Buffalo Grove, power line down with fire, smoke or arcing.

08:30 AM – 958 Elk Grove Town Center Elk Grove Village (strip mall), electrical odor inside the building.

08:34 AM – Block of 600 North Pine Street Mount Prospect, power line down in the backyard with power in the house going on and off.

08:44 AM – 922 Jefferson Square Elk Grove Village, occupant(s) trapped in an elevator due to power failure, elevator rescue.

09:02 AM – 101 Busse Road Elk Grove Village near Hibachi Grill, fire in a ditch. Crew on arrival reports power lines down — no fire.

09:28 AM – 800 West Central Road Arlington Heights, electric power problem at Northwest Community Hospital.

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