Fire crews check out a smoking sidewalk in Saanich on April 16. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Fire crews check out a smoking sidewalk in Saanich on April 16. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

UPDATED: BC Hydro crews repairing failed electrical equipment in Saanich

Vernon Avenue reopen to traffic following closure

Vernon Avenue in Saanich was temporarily closed to traffic headed north toward the Saanich Peninsula Friday afternoon following a BC Hydro equipment failure.

The Saanich Fire Department was called to the 3500-block of Blanshard Street shortly before 3 p.m. and, after inspecting a hydro box under the sidewalk that was smoking, closed Vernon Avenue at Saanich Road.

Ted Olynyk, community relations manager for BC Hydro, told Black Press Media that the outage was caused by an equipment failure and about 175 customers in the area were without power. Crews arrived just before 4 p.m. but no estimate was available for when power would be restored.

The roadway reopend by 4:45 p.m.

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Fire crews respond to the 3500-block of Blanshard Street in Saanich on April 16. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Fire crews respond to the 3500-block of Blanshard Street in Saanich on April 16. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)