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Firefighters use CO2 to douse underground blaze

Original post made on Jan 28, 2013

Firefighters used a CO2 canister to extinguish an underground fire in Palo Alto this morning, a battalion chief said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, January 28, 2013, 7:57 AM

Comments (15)

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2013 at 8:02 am

Thankfully this happened underground. A fire on top of a pole would have set fire to the pole and caused a lot more damage and potential danger to homes full of people fast asleep.

We need to get the undergrounding all over town.

Posted by JA3+, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 28, 2013 at 9:39 am

Thanks to the Weekly for this information.

I wish the City would do the following: use a dedicated Twitter feed to release updated information; when the phones are swamped -- as they were this morning -- use a voice mail system giving residents the option of hearing a pre-recorded message with updates on the power outage.

Clearly, though, the use of Twitter -- particularly if the Utilities crew in the field could provide at least a little real-time information -- would be very helpful.

Posted by Joe, a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 28, 2013 at 10:28 am

Busy morning for the PAFD. First this vault fire, then a fire in a commercial dryer in the 3800 block of El Camino in Barron Park. PAFD is now assisting MVFD with a two alarm fire at a house on Spring Street (near 101 and Old Middlefield Way).

Posted by Enough!, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 28, 2013 at 11:29 am

Crazy...heard the sirens early this morning...experienced the black out. Thank you PAFD for being so competent.

Posted by Enough!, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 28, 2013 at 11:31 am

I saw that fire this morning in Mountain View too...looked bad.

Posted by resident, a resident of Green Acres
on Jan 28, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I too would like a place to get news. Heard the sirens, three rounds -- would have liked to get "instant" news...

Posted by What a gas, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jan 28, 2013 at 1:26 pm

CO2?! (sigh) there goes our carbon footprint.

Posted by R Wray, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 28, 2013 at 2:30 pm

No need for Climate Panic. New research by the Norwegian government indicates carbon emissions produce far less global warming than had been thought.

Posted by Delores, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 28, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Wow, that is very scary....i heard all the sirens. Too close for comfort. What next?

Posted by dave, a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Should the AlertSCC system been used? Could it have been used to notify residents in the area affected?

Posted by Train Neighbor, a resident of Ventura
on Jan 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm

City of Palo Alto Twitter feeds:

Underground electricity can be more difficult & expensive to repair than overhead.

I hope PAWEEKLY follows the Palo Alto Undergrounding Advisory Body: Web Link

Posted by Mr.Recycle, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm

@What a gas - Maybe we could get the International Criminal Court to indict the firfighters for crimes against humanity?

Posted by Train neighbor, a resident of Ventura
on Jan 28, 2013 at 6:18 pm

I found more twitter accounts:

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2013 at 6:39 pm

My goodness. Is it up to us to hunt around to look for the twitter accounts of the utilities? Wouldn't it be wise if they put the twitter address (? or whatever it is called) in large print on every utilities bill?

Shouldn't they be reaching out to us not us searching for a needle in a haystack to find where to look for news of an outage?

Posted by eileen, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm

I'd be asking why this happened, particularly given how little time and effort our city gives to infrastructure maintenance. Which underground transformer will be next?

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