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State of Emergency issued for City of Madison, Dane County after substation fires

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Posted at 2:01 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 22:44:01-04

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers declared a State of Emergency and the closing of state buildings Friday following fires at two Madison Gas & Electric substations.

The declaration is to provide state support during the large power outage that is exacerbated by the extreme heat wave affecting the area, according to the release.

At 7:40 a.m. this morning, Madison Fire responded to a fire at the MG&E substation off Livingston and E. Washington Drive in downtown Madison. MG&E Staff said that there was an explosion.

Large billows of black smoke could be seen for miles in Madison.

Madison Gas & Electric outage map

There was a second fire at the East Campus MG&E substation affecting American Transmission Equipment.


MG&E cut power to about 6,000 customers in the city. As of 1:30 p.m., MG&E's outage map shows power is still out for those customers.

MG&E put out a release stating the fire was caused by mechanical issues, rather than the excessive heat.