About 35 percent of EC loses power Sunday morning


Burn marks indicate the spot of a fire at the electrical substation on Pritchard Street early Sunday morning.


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Sunday, August 12, 2018

A fire early Sunday at a city electrical substation left approximately 35 percent of the city without power for approximately an hour and 15 minutes, City Manager Rich Olson said. The affected substation was still offline as of Sunday evening. 

The fire broke out around 9 a.m. at the Pritchard Street electrical substation and the facility had to be taken offline. That substation’s electrical load was distributed to other functioning substations, Olson said.

The impacted areas included the Lowe's Home Improvement store and parts along Halstead and Hughes boulevards, Olson said.

The Pritchard Street substation is between Church and Ehringhaus streets and adjacent to the municipal public works warehouse.

Olson said the fire burned itself out because the substation is comprised of porcelain and steel.

Olson said the cause of the fire remains unknown.

He also said the question of how long the substation is going to continue to be out of service also remains unknown.

Asked whether the city has had problems with that substation before, he said, “Not that I'm aware of.”