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Thousands in the Dark After Sizzling Day



    Thousands in the dark after sizzling day

    NStar reports 5,000 customers are without power in Massachusetts due to power outages caused in part by hot weather (Published Friday, Jan. 17, 2014)

    (NECN: Josh Brogadir, Boston) - There's still no power at the intersection of Allston Street and Brighton Avenue.

    NStar says several hundred customers lost electricity when a cable failed, and the heat is to blame.

    Some people are without power now going on six hours in this intense heat.

    It's the hottest night of the year so far, and Janet Calcaterra and Romy Levin are without power in their Allston apartment.

    NStar is looking underground to find the problem on Brighton Avenue.

    Four hours after hundreds of customers lost it in the near hundred degree, blistering, sizzling heat - crews are still trying to bring it back on.

    Dana Berube is concerned about her goldfish, especially if the tank isn't working.

    Residents are worried about their pets, while restaurants are worried about their lost business.

    At Redneck's Roast Beef in Allston, ice cream is dripping, cheese is melting and roast beef is roasting in the drawer - not on the grill.

    Manager Yussef Ak says it cost them $500 in business.

    Elsewhere in the city of Boston, the most vulnerable are among the most fortunate.

    Each apartment for elderly residents at the Julia Martin House in Jamaica Plain has air conditioning.

    So do the common areas, all built with hot days like this in mind.

    The government subsidized independent living apartment buildng is named for, Julia Martin, who recalls her more than 20 years years running the now closed Bromley-Heath Senior Center next door.

    She says they used to just have fans, only some people could afford and air conditioning unit.

    Several other restaurants are in the same predicament along Brighton Avenue.

    What's interesting is that the grid jumps around, so some people do have power in this neighborhood.