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Power outage, line fire in Ozone Park

More than 1,000 lost electricity due to manhole fire as lines nearby burned

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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:22 am, Thu Jul 3, 2014.

A power outage struck Ozone Park Thursday morning, leaving about 1,000 homes without electricity for more than an hour and knocking out traffic lights at rush hour.

The brownout affected an area bordered by Rockaway Boulevard to the north, Pitkin Avenue and three blocks east and west of Cross Bay Boulevard. The lights went out shortly before 7 a.m. and power was restored completely by 10 a.m.

Traffic lights were out along Cross Bay during rush hour, forcing officers to direct cars through the intersections.

A Con Edison spokesman said the power outage was the result of an issue with the underground delivery system near Rockaway Boulevard and Liberty Avenue, and that power was restored to most customers within 90 minutes. Several residents in the area reported losing power for several minutes before getting it back and losing it again.

A train subway service over Liberty Avenue was unaffected by the outage.

The same area, which is served primarily by overhead lines, had brief power outages in November 2011 and during a heat wave in May 2012. After Hurricane Sandy, much of this part of Ozone Park was without power for four to seven days after the storm.

At roughly the same time, about a quarter-mile north of the outage area, a separate incident occurred in which a fire broke out on power lines along 95th Avenue between 95th and 97th streets near the Ozone Park-Woodhaven border. Seven customers lost power there.

Several hours later crews closed 95th Avenue for several blocks as they worked on the line. Con Edison is investigating the cause of that fire.

No injuries were reported in either incident.

In November 2009 a similar fire occurred on electrical lines along 103rd Avenue between 104th and 106th streets when lightning hit a transformer before dawn causing a fire along one of the lines, which at one point spread to an adjacent block.

Several residents lost power and were forced to evacuate their homes, but there were no injuries.

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