March 19, 2021 – A fire has destroyed TDS Telecom’s (TDS®) central network hub site in Winterhaven, California. This has caused an outage impacting phone and internet for all customers in Winterhaven.
Fire crews in the area responded quickly and managed the fire until it was fully extinguished Thursday evening. TDS’ Field Services team was later allowed to briefly access the site to begin assessing damage.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to understand the full impact of the damage the fire has caused,” said Drew Petersen, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs for TDS. “We would like to thank the fire crews from the Yuma Fire Department, Rural Metro Fire Department, and the Holtville Fire Department for responding quickly and safely handling the fire.”
Once a full damage assessment has been completed, TDS will have an estimated timeframe for restoration of services. In the meantime, updates will be shared with the communities affected.