Transformer Fire At Substation Leaves 4,200 Without Power

Photo courtesy Manchester Police

WHITING – A transformer fire at an electrical substation in Whiting left nearly 4,200 JCP&L customers without power for part of the afternoon on Jan. 15.

Officer Brian Volk heard an unusual and loud “boom” sound coming from the substation while he was patrolling the area near Manchester Blvd. and Lacey Road that afternoon. After investigating, Volk discovered that there was a transformer fire within the fenced in the JCP&L substation. The fire caused a large power outage that affected about 4,200 customers.

The Whiting Volunteer Fire Company and JCP&L power crews rushed onto the scene and were able to quickly extinguish the fire and restore power to residents within a few hours.

The Manchester Office of Emergency Management set up a warming station at the Whiting Volunteer Fire Company’s location on Route 530 while the issue was being resolved, but this was unnecessary after the fire and power crews’ quick fix to the problem.

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