Substation Fire Knocks Out Power in Western KY

By: AP
By: AP

PROVIDENCE, Ky. -- About half of one western Kentucky city went without power after an electrical substation caught fire as crews were performing maintenance work.

The blaze at a Kentucky Utilities substation in Providence on Wednesday remains under investigation. KU spokesman Cliff Feltham say multiple parts leading to and from a transformer ignited, but the transformer itself wasn't damaged.

The fire started about 8:30 a.m., cutting off electricity was cut off to the south and west sides of Providence.

City officials opened the Community Center shortly after the fire to provide people with a cooling station and water.

Providence City Hall and police station were not affected by the outage.

KU provides electricity to Providence, which has about 1,400 municipal customers.

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