City Light to Replace Aging Utility Poles in Parts of Seattle and Burien

Seattle City Light is planning to replace aging utility poles in parts of Seattle and Burien to help improve and upgrade the electrical reliability in parts of the service territory. The installation of new poles, wire and equipment relocation is an important investment in infrastructure.

Starting in early to mid-May, Seattle City Light’s contractor, Magnum Power LLC, will be installing new utility poles, relocating wires to the new pole and replacing aging equipment in various Seattle and Burien neighborhoods. Work hours are scheduled from Mondays to Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Maps of the construction work areas can be found here: 2016 Pole Replacement – South Location Maps

The new poles will be placed alongside pre-existing poles. They will meet standard heights and widths required for overhead power line construction. This may mean that poles in the area will be slightly taller and approximately two inches wider than existing poles.

Maintenance power outages are required for this work. Crews will place a door hanger or make personal contact within 48 to 72 hours of the outage date. The notification will specify the date, time and duration of the outage.

Once the electrical equipment is relocated, it may take several months before the other companies with utilities on the existing poles make their transfer(s). We will continue to monitor/coordinate these efforts as needed to facilitate the removal of old poles.

For more information, customers can contact:

Visit our construction website for the latest updates on this project:

Cause of Arbor Heights Fire Classified as Undetermined


Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard


Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard


Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard


Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard


Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      April 29—Seattle Fire Investigators are classifying a fire at an Arbor Heights home as undetermined. Due the extensive damage to the structure and the danger of the building collapsing, investigators were not able to go inside the home to collect evidence.

At 7:38 p.m. the first 911 call came into dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center reporting flames coming from a home in the 10000 block of 39th Avenue SW.  The first arriving engine crew found a heavy column of black smoke and flames shooting from the one-story home with basement. Immediately the firefighters took a defensive stance and fought the fire from the outside of the structure.

Flames were shooting from the north and south sides of the home exposing to the neighboring homes. As a precaution, firefighters evacuated both homes of the occupants including one paraplegic resident. Due to their quick work, crews were able to protect the neighboring structures from the fire.

When firefighters arrived the two occupants of the fire home were outside. The female occupant escaped first. A neighbor rescued the male occupant by opening the front door and pulling him outside to safety. Medics transported the male, a man in his 70’s, to Harborview Medical Center with burns to his head and with smoke inhalation. He was in stable condition. AMR transported the female resident, also in her 70’s, to Harborview Medical Center with smoke inhalation. She also was in stable condition.

As of the morning of Wednesday April 30, both residents remain hospitalized and fire investigators have been unable to speak to them regarding the fire investigation.

It took fire crews about 30 minutes from arriving to control the fire. The majority of damage was to the basement, garage and back deck. Fire investigators determined the house is a total loss.

Firefighters stayed on scene all throughout the night on a Fire Watch to make sure no hot spots flared up.

The damage estimate is $350,000 to the structure and $100,000 in damage to the contents.