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Crews working to restore thousands of outages caused by substation fire

Crews working to restore thousands of outages caused by substation fire

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A fire at a Duke Energy substation Sunday night left thousands of residents in Southeast Winston-Salem and the Union Cross community without power.

Winston-Salem police and firefighters responded to the fire about 8:30 p.m. Sunday. At one point as many as 14,000 people were without power. By 2 p.m. Monday, less than 3,000 people were still out of service.

Tim Pettit, a spokesman for Duke Energy, said that a transformer was destroyed in the fire and crews worked through the night to restore service.

“A portable transformer on a trailer was brought in to help restore service,” he said.

He said that there is also some distribution rerouting. Duke expects to have all service restored by 9 p.m. Monday.

The Winston-Salem Forsyth County Office of Emergency Management opened a shelter at Atkins High School on Old Greensboro Road for people with health problems whose air conditioning was not working.

Melton Sadler, the director, said about 1:45 p.m. that they had not had anyone at the shelter, but it would “remain open until the majority of customers have their power restored.”

Pettit said that the cause of the fire has not been undetermined.

“The focus right now is on getting service restored,” he said. “After that we’ll have an investigation into what caused the fire.”

mhall@wsjournal.com (336) 727-7308

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