Purple Line fire, outages caused by downed power lines due to storms

Elise De Los Santos

Storms Thursday night brought down a power line south of the Foster stop on the Purple Line, sparking an electrical fire that spread to trees and brush behind Engelhart Hall, 1915 Maple. Ave.

The fire shut down the line for two and a half hours, CBS Chicago reported.

As of Friday morning, normal service was restored to the line.

Thursdays storms also left thousands of Evanston residents without power Thursday night and Friday morning due to several power lines that were either blown down or knocked down by falling tree limbs, according to the City of Evanston’s website.

The power outage also affected some Northwestern buildings and dormitories.

By 12:30 Friday afternoon, 3,900 ComEd customers had power restored while 163 customers remained without power, according to the city website.

The round of storms and outages are the second in as many weeks to affect Evanston. Thousands of residents lost power after a storm June 21, with 1,000 to 1,500 residents remaining without power for two days.

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