Some east Frankfort residents remained without power for nearly eight hours Tuesday while Frankfort Plant Board crews worked to make repairs after a fire at a substation on East Main Street.
Frankfort Plant Board spokesman Glenn Waldrop said about 3,000 power meters went offline late Tuesday afternoon, but he didn’t know exactly how many residents were affected.
The Plant Board announced around midnight that all power had been restored.
Jeff Fogg, Frankfort/Franklin County deputy director of emergency management, said temporary stop signs and traffic control devices were put along East Main Street where traffic lights had lost power. Though the incident happened during rush hour, he said there was only one reported accident in the area.
Among the areas affected by the outage were a stretch of East Main toward downtown and the areas of Sunset Drive, Lyons Drive, Highland Parkway, Crestwood Drive, Allnutt Avenue and Douglas Avenue.
Waldrop confirmed equipment failure caused the fire, but said Plant Board officials would not know the exact cause for several days.
Plant Board officials started work immediately following the fire to restore power to affected homes and businesses.
Frankfort Fire Chief Eddie Slone said flames were around 20 feet high when they arrived at the substation. The call came out just before 4 p.m. and firefighters had the flames under control approximately 20 minutes later.
Slone said before fighting the fire, crews had to wait for the substation to be “de-energized” so they could spray water without being shocked.
“It has plenty enough volts to kill you in a hurry,” Slone said.
He also pointed out that the transformers are filled with oil, meaning they had to use both water and foam to put out the flames.
“It’s not the first one we’ve had there,” Slone said, explaining that he remembers a similar situation about 10 years ago. “The Plant Board does a really good job at recovering from those.”