Power restored after massive outage in downtown Albuquerque

J.R. Oppenheim and Caleb James

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A power outage Thursday afternoon affected downtown Albuquerque, including the KOB newsroom, but PNM said service has resumed.

According to PNM, a downed transmission line caused the outage affecting 7,262 customers at its peak. PNM said it fully restored power about an hour later.

"Thank you again while we worked to get your lights back on," PNM wrote on its Facebook page. "We know any amount of time without power can be frustrating but crews will never stop working until all customers get back up."

KOB also lost power twice, once for roughly a minute and a second time for about one hour just before the 5 p.m. broadcast. Power was restored at about 5:50 p.m., ensuring we could broadcast our newscast at 6.

Albuquerque Fire Department crews were called to City Hall at 400 Marquette investigating reports of smoke on the ninth floor. According to AFD officials, the black smoke came from the building’s generators that kicked in due to the power outage. Witnesses also told KOB they saw a plume of smoke in the area.

There was no smoke or fire found in the building, but AFD crews checked each floor to ensure there wasn’t any danger. It was late enough in the day that most city and county employees had left City Hall for the day.

A police presence remained at the building, but the firefighters have cleared the scene.

Meanwhile, firefighters are on scene at Sixth Street and Central Avenue trying to rescue people trapped in an elevator.

Stay with KOB.com as this story develops. Click here to see PNM’s outage map.

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