Cable fire may have caused massive outage impacting 24K customers in Wildwood

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Thursday, July 27, 2023

WILDWOOD, New Jersey (WPVI) -- Officials revealed new information about what may have caused the massive power outage that impacted 24,000 customers in Wildwood, New Jersey earlier this month.

On Friday, July 7, a massive blaze broke out at the Lake Avenue substation in Wildwood, which had to be de-energized as a result.

This left thousands in the Wildwood area without power for over 24 hours.

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Power was fully restored by the end of the weekend.

Atlantic City Electric said Wednesday that a preliminary cause indicates a cable fire located below the switchgear building. A final cause is still under investigation.

There is no indication that the incident was a result of foul play.

The electric company is also in the process of making repairs to the local energy grid and removing temporary generators that had been set up.