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Route 23 businesses in DeKalb without power after line downed

November 26, 2018

DeKALB – Some businesses along state Route 23 are closed because of a nearby downed power line, according to DeKalb Fire Deputy Chief Jim Zarek.

Zarek said a power line came down at the All About Eyes building at 2201 Sycamore Road. He said that started a smoldering fire and resulted in the business losing power, along with the AT&T store in the same building.

Zarek said fire officials are unsure if the downed power line is still live. He said fire officials will be able to help eliminate fire risk 15 to 30 minutes after power is cut from the line.

“But until ComEd gets up here and cuts the power, we’re not comfortable getting up there and touching the wire,” Zarek said.

Zarek said other nearby businesses were affected, as well. A sign on the door of Ellwood Steak and Fish House, 2219 Sycamore Road, said it’s closed until further notice because of power issues.

DeKalb Fire Prevention Officer Bill Lynch said he doesn’t think anyone was hurt because of the downed power line. He said ComEd was called about an hour ago after someone saw smoke coming from the top of the building and called emergency responders.

In general, as of 12:30 p.m. Monday, 21 outages were still an issue in DeKalb County: 12 in DeKalb affecting 38 customers, two in Sycamore affected 36 customers, and three in Kingston affected 33 customers.

Earlier Monday morning, about 750 DeKalb residents near Glidden and Rich roads were without power, according to the ComEd outage map at outagemap.comed.com, but by noon, power was seemingly restored.

John Schoen, a spokesperson for ComEd, said 800 crews were out and working as of 1 p.m. Monday, and that by that point, the company had restored power for more than 200,000 of the about 360,000 customers who had been without Monday morning. He said ComEd covers northern Illinois – roughly one-third of the state – and that Exelon, the larger company of which ComEd is a part, had lent help from out of state.

“We know being without power is difficult,” Schoen said.

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