2:30 p.m. Update: PG&E says they restored power to all but about 3,000 customers after the fire at a Stockton pallet yard early Tuesday morning.
The power outage affected several downtown Stockton businesses, forcing them to close for the day. Several city buildings, including City hall and the Chavez Library, were affected.
PG&E says crews are making progress and will work through the night to complete the repairs.
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STOCKTON (CBS13) – Thousands of people had their power turned off in Stockton Tuesday morning after a fire at a pallet yard in the city.
The incident happened on West Scotts Avenue, which is right near the northbound Interstate 5 and eastbound Highway 4 connector.
The fire broke out at around 3 a.m. Tuesday. The Stockton Fire Department says it’s not yet known what sparked this blaze.
One firefighter reported a back injury in the battle.
As of 7 a.m., firefighters reported that, aside from a few hot spots, the flames were mostly under control.
PG&E officials say power was de-energized in the area for safety. At one point, more than 15,600 customers are without power, according to the PG&E outage map. By 10 a.m., that number had been brought down to just over 13,000 customers.
Several buildings have closed for the day due to the power outage, including the Stockton courthouse and City of Stockton Animal Shelter.
It’s the second major fire to happen in Stockton in less than 24 hours. Monday afternoon, firefighters battled a 3-alarm fire at a recycling plant a few miles away. Officials say the two fires are not related.
Firefighters say conditions are fortunately not as windy right now as it was on Monday.