Transformer fires interrupt power in Suffolk

Transformer fires interrupt power in Suffolk

Transformer fires interrupt power in Suffolk

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by WVEC News

WVEC.com

Posted on July 13, 2013 at 6:34 PM

SUFFOLK, VA -- Over 80 residences in the Bennett's Pasture area of the city are without power after what the city is describing as a series of transformer fires.

According to a news release, Suffolk Fire & Rescue responded to several transformer fires in the northern part of the City beginning at about 5:00 p.m. after being advised that the Bennett’s Pasture Road to Lee Farm Lane area, crossing over to Bridge Road, was without power and that a power line was down across U.S. Rte. 17. 

When Dominion Virginia Power arrived on the scene, they determined that initially one power line burned in half due to a tree limb dropping on it. This then caused a chain reaction for approximately three miles with a total of five transformers sparking or on fire, and two lines down.  There are currently approximately 84 residences without power. 

There were no injuries and traffic was slightly disrupted as a result of the transformer fires and downed lines.

Crews from Dominion Virginia Power are currently working to restore power to the affected residences. You can keep track of the outages here:

https://www.dom.com/storm-center/hampton.jsp

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