PROVIDENCE, Ky. (7/10/13) – At around 8:45 a.m. this morning (7/10/13), a Kentucky Utilities crew was doing maintenance work on the Cedar Street substation in Providence, when one of the transformers burst into flames. Within minutes the entire structure was engulfed. Providence EMS, Providence Fire and Providence Police Department all responded to the blaze.
The substation, which serves the southern and western part of Providence, was offline and is expected to be down for quite some time.
"It will be awhile," a member of the KU crew said, while the Fire Department was dousing the blaze.
Sources with Providence utility services said the earliest the substation would be back online would be later tonight. In some cases this sort of damage could take up to 24 hours. It will all depend on the extent of the damage and how long it takes to get the equipment that needs to be replaced.
Residents in the outage area are urged to take caution. Temperatures today are expected to be in the mid-90s.
According to Councilman Doug Hammers, "The community building is open for people with health issues that need electricity and AC."Residents are also reminded that with the power out, the stoplight at the corner of Broadway and Main Street should be treated as a 4-way stop.
J-E News Editor
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