Transformer fire causes power outage
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.”