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December 16, 2013 - 10:50pm

Transformer on fire and down in the road on Pearl Street

posted by Alecia Kaus in Batavia fire, transformer fire.

The City of Batavia Fire Department has been called to Pearl Street and Brooklyn Avenue for a transformer down in the road and on fire.

There are reportedly many lines down on the road.

UPDATE 10:50 p.m.: City fire is on location and investigating.

UPDATE 10:53 p.m.: There is a primary line down in front of Tonawanda Terrace. National Grid has been called to the scene. No ETA given. There are some power outages in the area.

UPDATE 10:57p.m.: Pearl Street is blocked to traffic at Brooklyn Avenue.

UPDATE 11:20 p.m.: Some signal lights are out on West Main Street and traffic is reportedly not stopping at the Lyon Street intersection with West Main.

UPDATE 11:27 p.m.: A Sheriff's deputy is directing traffic at Lewiston and Park roads.

UPDATE 11:33 p.m.: National Grid is on location.

UPDATE 12:15 a.m.: National Grid has started to work on the problem. The outage is affecting about 746 customers. The scene has been turned over to National Grid and City fire is going back into service. Estimated restoration time is 2:30 a.m.


Kathy Allen
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Walmart, Tops, Target, Applebees, all out of power. Almost the whole West end of town, however Sporto's is still rockin' with power!!!

Kelly Hansen
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National Grid website says that power should be restored by 2:30 am, 746 customers affected.

Robert Brown
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Batavia Downs was dark on the outside, but they had reserve power and the inside was mostly functional. However, Albany requested a shutdown around 11:30 PM.

Bea McManis
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Alecia, you are doing a great job covering all that is going on. good work,

Doug Yeomans
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This is the work of aliens. I've seen it in too many movies...they just swoop in for a free top-off of electricity and then they just fly away like they DGAF.

Bob Heininger
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It's well known that everything electric runs on smoke. We know it runs on smoke because when the smoke gets out electric things cease to work.

The smoke has to come from somewhere, no? Well, last night the fire got out so no more smoke!

You know this Doug because IIRC you do HVAC/R type work, no?

I'm in manufacturing doing tool and die type work / cnc machining / plastic injection mold making / whatever I can machine and make money on.

It's well known that everything mechanical engineered and made in England leaks oil, but that a subject for another time.





Bob Heininger
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And oh yeah, I live adjacent to Williams Park and saw quite a show last night. The whole park was lit up.

Destin Danser
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I was driving back from rochester lastnight when this happened, just passing route 237 while driving westbound on Rt. 33. First the entire skyline over batavia flashed a bright white almost like lightning, and then proceeded to flicker and glow orange from the fire. Literally the entire sky was lit up. I would have suspected something much larger than what actually happened was going on. It was quite an amazing sight.

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