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Underground fire source of Crystal Lake power outages, fire officials say

CRYSTAL LAKE – An underground fire Monday in Crystal Lake caused power outages, which at one point affected about 2,000 people, fire officials and ComEd representatives said.

The Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department responded about 6 p.m. to Knaack Boulevard and Route 176 after the cover of a manhole on Knaack Boulevard reportedly blew off, Battalion Chief Thomas Pollnow said on the scene.

Power had been restored as of about 8 p.m. Monday, ComEd spokeswoman Tia Bradley said.

“They’re still kind of making permanent repairs to the system and equipment,” she said, adding the cause of the fire is still unknown.

Pollnow said the numerous power outages in the area had Crystal Lake fire crews out handling several commercial alarms falsely going off and a couple halted elevators.

Bradley said at one point, about 2,000 people had been affected, and to her knowledge, all were in the Crystal Lake area.

Crystal Lake police indicated there were no major road closures because of the fire, but the entrance onto Knaack Boulevard was blocked off.

ComEd will continue to investigate the incident, Bradley said.

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