Power failure affects downtown hospitals, buildings

June 13, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two hospitals and three downtown buildings, including The Baltimore Sun, were without power yesterday morning after a BGE feeder cable failed.

Mercy Medical Center and Maryland General Hospital lost power at 8: 14 a.m., along with The Sun, at 501 N. Calvert St., the Candler Building, in the 100 block of Market Place, and a BGE facility at 1068 Front St., said Karl Neddenien, a spokesman for the utility.

Officials at Mercy, at 301 St. Paul Place, said electrical service was interrupted for only a few seconds before backup generators kicked in, preventing any disruption to patient care. Administrators at Maryland General, in the 800 block of Linden Ave., did not return phone calls.

Operations were disrupted at The Sun until early afternoon, even though power was restored at 11: 10 a.m.

The BGE facility services and provides storage for the utility's trucks, Neddenien said.

One "industrial feeder" was the source of the problem, though the cause remains under investigation, the spokesman said.

"Our first priority is to get service restored," he said, explaining that electricity was rerouted to another cable to reach the affected customers. BGE trouble-shooters were trying to trace the source of the problem, which was believed to be a faulty section of underground cable, Neddenien said.

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