Va. Firefighters Battle Transformer Fire

About 11,000 people were left without power after fire broke out at a Dominion Power substation in Churchville on Dec. 9. Engine 47 was dispatched to a reported transformer fire on Churchville Ave just west of Staunton and found a large transformer...


About 11,000 people were left without power after fire broke out at a Dominion Power substation in Churchville on Dec. 9.

Engine 47 was dispatched to a reported transformer fire on Churchville Ave just west of Staunton and found a large transformer at the Dominion Power substation on fire.

Engine 47 immediately called for assistance from the Swoope Fire Department as well as Augusta 11 and the Augusta County duty officer.

Dominion Power sent a supervisor who had the electricity cut off and allowed firefighters to attack the fire with foam, quickly knocking it down.

The transformer contained approximately one thousand gallons of mineral oil. Approximately 11,000 persons were without power until workers could re-route power and set up a temporary transformer.