Trans­former fire causes power out­age

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - FRONT PAGE - GREG COL­GAN gcol­[email protected]­ twit­­gatWSR

A Mon­day morn­ing elec­tri­cal fire on a hy­dro trans­former closed Devon­shire Av­enue from Val­leyview Street to Cree Av­enue while caus­ing power out­ages in parts of the city. The Wood­stock Fire Depart­ment quickly doused the fire while the Wood­stock Po­lice Ser­vice closed sec­tions of busy Devon­shire Av­enue. A spokesper­son for Hy­dro One said dam­age to the trans­former caused the power out­ages, but the cause was un­known as of Mon­day af­ter­noon. He said Hy­dro One crews would be­gin their in­ves­ti­ga­tion once they deem it safe to do so.

Nearby St. Michael’s Catholic El­e­men­tary School was closed for the day, po­lice said, with stu­dents who walked to school trans­ferred to Al­go­nquin Pub­lic School for pickup by par­ents, the school in­di­cated on its Face­book page.

“All bused stu­dents are be­ing dropped off at Al­go­nquin (Pub­lic) School and will be held there un­til a par­ent/guardian has picked them up,” the post read. “All (stu­dents who walked) will be di­verted to Al­go­nquin (Pub­lic) School as well and will be held there un­til a par­ent/guardian has picked them up.”

The Hy­dro One spokesper­son said power was re­stored by the later part of Mon­day af­ter­noon.

Lisa Woods, the Wood­stock Fire Depart­ment’s pub­lic in­for­ma­tion co­or­di­na­tor, said fire­fight­ers were at the scene af­ter be­ing dis­patched in the morn­ing and put out the fire. Po­lice had asked peo­ple to stay away from the area while it was closed, not­ing there were no in­juries.

“Please be pa­tient and mind­ful there will be ve­hi­cle and pedes­trian traf­fic from two schools in the Al­go­nquin Road area,” po­lice said in an up­date on their Face­book page. “Please be care­ful and travel safely in the area.”

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