Roughly 600 customers in the Mission District were still without power at nearly 7 p.m. and there was no estimate on when electricity would restored, according to Pacific Gas and Electric spokesperson Brandi Ehlers.
Several PG&E vans were parked at the intersection of 17th and Valencia, and power appeared out from 16th to 17th streets on Valencia, and along 17th Street from Valencia to Mission. Other blackouts have been reported.
However it appeared later in the evening that most businesses had power.
The outage began at around 2:33 p.m., and the cause and the exact locations are unknown at this time, according to Ehlers.
UPDATE: But, as of 8:00 p.m. Mike Pierce the owner of Maverick Restaurant, at 3316 17th St. who has been without power since the first outages began, said PG&E told him that 4,000 customers were originally without power.
Emergency in SF reports that the outages are due to a vault fire, which is an underground bunker where transformers are housed.
This fire is the latest in a series of vault fires in San Francisco over the past few years. The previous one was in January 1 of this year.
The power-outage during dinner time means that Pierce had to turn down 65 reservations, lost $3,000 in revenue and 6 employees without work.
“It’s a huge loss,” he said.”It is one of the busiest nights–but people have been pretty cool about it he said.
All power seems to be restored on the main commercial corridors of Valencia, Mission and 24th Street.