On Sunday, the Oakland Airport in Northern California was temporarily closed after a Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) electrical substation caught fire at 1 pm, a blaze that also left 50,000 residents in Oakland and Alameda without power for hours.
According to the Daily Mail, an Oakland Fire Department battalion chief confirmed the fire was extinguished at 3 pm and said, "Approximately about one o'clock this afternoon we were called for a fire coming from inside the PG&E yard. Upon our arrival down here our crews noticed a grayish-brown smoke coming from inside the PG&E yard. We were able to gain access into the PG&E yard and found that there was a transformer actively burning."
The chief said that officials from PG&E were investigating the fire's origin and that 50,000 residents were without power after the incident.
Tamar Sarkissian wrote on Twitter, "#Oakland: We are aware of the large outage in Oakland impacting approximately 50,000 customers. We are currently investigating the details and will provide more information on the timing of restoration as soon as we can."
Users responded to Sarkissian and said "we need answers" and asked why she was not posting updates with more frequency.
In the airport, passengers were stuck and waiting at the gates, in security lines, and for an inoperative baggage claim. The Bay Area Rapid Transit, which provides travel to and from the airport, was also shut down.
One user on Twitter posted an image of the inoperative baggage claim.
Limited service returned to the airport at 3 pm.
On Twitter, users posted video of the outage.
Matt Ashlock posted and said TSA Agents had said "this has never happened before."
One user simply said, "I picked the wrong day to fly #southwest from #oaklandairport."
"It's still unclear if Sunday's incident was a targeted attack however there have been multiple substation attacks in recent months across the entire US," reports the Daily Mail.
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