Power restored at YMCA after fire

ComEd restored power to the McGaw YMCA late this afternoon and, after a safety check, Evanston Fire officials gave the OK for residents to start moving back into the building.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says most of the 90 or so residents forced from the building last night by a transformer fire had already made their way back to the building, in anticipation of a scheduled outdoor Fourth of July barbeque at the Y, and city officials were making plans to bus the remaining residents back from the emergency shelter at the Robert Crown Center by early evening.

Bobkiewicz says that as of 4 p.m. today nearly all the other customers left without power around the city overnight were back online. He says ComEd is investigating the cause of the problems, which started with scattered power failures downtown and elsewhere in the city about 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon and will make a report to the city about what happened later this week.

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