On the night of Tuesday, March 13, a transformer fire on Scotia Street in Boston, MA caused the evacuation of the Back Bay Hilton and surrounding buildings. The fire is serious in nature and officials believe it could lead to a similar fire in a second transformer. As a result, Boston police have blocked off an area around the transformer to traffic. This is expected to lead to major driving delays for travelers, as the restricted area is a very busy commercial center. Drivers are advised that major thoroughfares such as the I-90 Prudential tunnel, Boylston Street, Massachusetts Avenue and the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge from Cambridge are part of the closures. The fire will also have a significant affect on those using public transportation. The MBTA has ceased service on the Green Line at four stops and has rerouted many bus lines. If you have business meetings near the fire, be sure to reconfirm your appointment and allow yourself extra time to get there.
In addition to the road blockages, city officials have cut power to a 15 block area to help fire fighters get the blaze under control. This may lead to the closure of many offices, restaurants and hotels in the area, so reconfirm any plans you may have. If you are staying the region, avoid the fire site, close all hotel windows and remain inside to avoid breathing in the possibly toxic fumes from the fire.