Storms knock out power, spark fire in Western Springs
Updated: July 23, 2012 4:46PM
WESTERN SPRINGS — Parts of the area lost power during the overnight storms, that forecasters had warned could bring wind gusts of more than 40 miles per hour, rain and hail the size of pennies, according to the National Weather Service.
An electrical fire was reported near 48th Street and Fair Elms Avenue, in the neighborhood across 47th Street from Spring Rock Park.
Armando Zarco with The Tree Experts was cutting brush and picking up branches in the area Thursday morning said there was a fire in one of the garages.
Downed wires left about 68,000 ComEd customers without power as of about 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, said spokesman David O’Dowd.
LaGrange Park Fire Chief Dean Maggos said the storm knocked down power lines on the 1100 block of Homestead Road around midnight and a few homes in the north of 31st Street remained without electricity by 10 a.m. this morning. ComEd crews were assessing the situation, Maggos said.
La Grange Public Works Director Ryan Gillingham said the storm blew down a few branches, but no major incidents were reported.
The hardest-hit area was the far western suburbs, where 28,000 customers were without power, he said.
Some areas of Western Springs, Hinsdale and Burr Ridge actually lost power earlier in the day, before the storms, according to residents. Power was restored but many again lost electricity when the storms rolled through.