Transformer fire causes power outage downtown


Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:37 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:37 a.m.

An underground transformer that caught fire Thursday night caused a power outage in downtown Gainesville, Gainesville Fire Rescue reported.

The outage started about 9:26 p.m. and affected about six blocks from the Main Street-University Avenue intersection, said Interim District Chief Terry A McCarthy in a press release.

Firefighters arriving on the scene found light to moderate smoke coming from the manhole cover in the middle of Northwest 1st Street. GFR and Gainesville police blocked traffic and detoured drivers and pedestrians.

After searching the area extensively the only hazard was isolated to the single underground transformer on Northwest 1st Street, McCarthy said.

Gainesville Regional Utilities secured that transformer, which caused the power outage, and restored power to the downtown area at 11:10 p.m.

The cause of this transformer malfunction is under investigation by GRU.

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