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Utility Pole Fire Sparks Outages in Reston Wednesday

by Karen Goff June 9, 2016 at 7:40 am 16 Comments

Utility pole fire by Home Depot/Credit: William Ho

A utility pole caught fire near Home Depot about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, knocking out power to the area around Baron Cameron Avenue and Reston Parkway.

The intersection and nearby traffic lights were closed for about two hours, making for slow traffic at one of Reston’s busiest intersections.

Readers report Verizon/Verizon Fios service was also disrupted due to the fire. It is still out in some areas as of Thursday morning.

There were no injuries and officials are investigating the cause of the fire. Dominion Virginia Power says all power has now been restored.

Photo courtesy William Ho

  • SnarkyAuntie

    Bet the cause of the fire will be squirrel related.

  • Ijustvisitplaces

    Bet the cause of the fire will be TETRA related.

    • D

      And all the D’s in Reston hoping to vote for H

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Apparently the outage is reaching all the way down to the KMart center in Herndon.

  • Ming the Merciless

    The Minglets were greatly distressed by the lack of FiOS service last night.

    “We have to… entertain ourselves??? Without the internet? Waaaaah!”

  • dandiprat

    But of course you use Verizon’s trouble shooter and it always says there are no outages reported in the area.

  • Tbsato

    Aaaaannnnddd wait for it……”Pole smoking on Reston Parkway attracts firemen”

    • Mike M

      The story that will not die because it will not end.

      • Tbsato

        …more at 12 O’c(l)ock?

  • Brian Carlson

    But why can’t Verizon fix this in nearly 24 hours? Isn’t Reston supposed to be a center of high tech industry, successful doctors, and the smartest tech geeks east of Silicon Valley?

    • 30yearsinreston

      Don’t panic – its not life threatening

      • Actually it was. All FIOS service went down, including phone lines. And Fairfax County Police reported degraded 911 services due to this issue.

        And some of us are teleworkers, Verizon not giving us an accurate picture of how big a deal this way left us not knowing if we could just chill for two hours or pack up laptops and bail to work from a different location.

        To add insult to injury, they (Dominion and/or Verizon) sat on this for over 15 hours before work even started. My wife drove by early in the morning and there was just one truck. We didn’t see the big crew (we saw about 10 Verizon trucks and a few Dominion trucks) until close to noon, 17 hours into the outage.

        Reston is part of the Dulles corridor and the telco capital of the east coast. 22 hours of this kind of outage makes no sense.

  • Smacker

    This is in the ‘dog eats homework’ category. How does a fire to a piece of wood down a large network footprint? Why does VZ go into meltdown and provide completely inadequate support information?

    • 30yearsinreston

      The fire was caused by a short or other power failure – I heard the.bang when it happened
      The rest was probably due to.a cascade of related issues

      • Smacker

        Why didn’t they say that instead of saying nothing, and making predictive restoration times that were wholly inaccurate? The truth or realism goes a long way.

  • 30yearsinreston

    The outage was probably due to a fibre cut
    Local.loops aren’t usually redundant
    The fire was probably caused by a short that also fried the Central Office switch
    The fibre cut may have been caused by remedial action to restore service

    My.guess is that the short was caused by renovation for Tetra, The gift that keeps giving


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