Power restored in Poulsbo

Baristas at the Starbucks on Olhava Road wait for power to return on the morning of Jan. 14.  - Nick Gottfred / contributed
Baristas at the Starbucks on Olhava Road wait for power to return on the morning of Jan. 14.
— image credit: Nick Gottfred / contributed

POULSBO — Electricity is being restored piece-by-piece in north Poulsbo in the wake of a power line fire that caused power outages Jan. 14.

Puget Sound Energy reported that 2,350 customers experienced outages over the morning. By 2:15 p.m., all but approximately 200 customers remained without power.

A representative of PSE said that the final 200 customers should have power by 4:30 p.m.

Residents reported power returning to Viking Avenue around 1:45 p.m. Walmart and other stores on Olhava Road also had power restored around that time.

Vinland Elementary School lost power over the morning, however, classes continued as usual. The school's power was restored just before 2 p.m., according to district spokeswoman Jenn Markaryan.

Olympic College in Poulsbo closed during the outage. The college posted on its homepage that it would reopen at 3 p.m.

Nick Gottfred, a barista at the Starbucks at College Market Place, said the store lost business while the shop's power was out for around three hours. The shop had drip coffee and tea, he said, but most customers left once the espresso machines went down.

An electrical fire is blamed for the power outages, which slowed traffic at north end intersections and knocked out power in residential homes. The enflamed wires were reported behind a home on Noll Road, near the intersection with Lincoln Road.

Emergency crews were called to traffic light outages at Bond Road and Highway 305, and Finn Hill and Highway 3 at approximately 10:50 a.m.

About 10 minutes later, a resident near Lincoln Road and Noll Road called 911 to report that electrical wires were on fire at the intersection. Crews were immediately diverted to the scene.

PSE was also notified of a tree on a wire near Stendahl Court.

— North Kitsap Herald reporters Kipp Robertson and Melinda Weer contributed to this report.


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