Power restored in Painesville after city-wide outage

11:43 AM, Mar 13, 2008   |    comments
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The outage was caused after a problem with a power transformer at the electrical substation at Richmond Street and State Route 2. Officials say there was a fault that traveled back to the substation and an electrical breaker that should have opened malfunctioned and did not open. That resulted in a "flash-over" fire that knocked the transformer offline. Click on the link below to go to the wkyc.com photo gallery to see a viewer's pictures of the flash-over. Painesville has its own municipal power system. Painesville Municipal Electrical System officials are investigating the cause of the outage. Early reports indicate that a fire at the plant may have been to blame. Photos sent from a viewer show what appears to be a fire in the area of the power plant. The power outage did cause two private schools, St. Mary's Elementary and Summit Academy, to dismiss students early due to a lack of power and heat. Painesville public schools remained open throughout the outage.


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