Underground Vault Fire Sends Smoke Into SoMa, Closes Mission & Third Intersection

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

An underground electrical fire was creating some traffic in and around SoMa Tuesday afternoon, so be warned.

A fire in an underground PG&E vault sent smoke into the vicinity at the intersection of Third and Mission streets Tuesday. The San Francisco Fire Department tweeted about the incident just after 1 pm and said that PG&E was on the scene.

The SFFD warned that motorists may be re-rerouted until the situation is under control.

A similar vault fire occurred last July in Pacific Heights, and other explosions in these vaults have also occurred in recent years — like this one near Union Square in May 2017, and this one in the Financial District in 2016.

PG&E rarely comments on these situations, despite the fact that they are disturbing! This vault fire, at least, does not appear to have caused any nearby property damage.

The illustration from PG&E below explains what’s inside these underground vaults, which are all over the city.

Previously: Underground Vault Explosion Causes Property Damage In Pacific Heights

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.