(Greendale, Ind.) - Many homes and businesses in Greendale are without power Tuesday after a transformer caught fire.
Around 9:00 a.m., the equipment at the substation along Nowlin Avenue burst into flames.
Greendale Utilities says it could take hours to get a new transformer in place. The city needs to bring in a large crane to help install the equipment.
Some customers who experienced an outage have been temporarily switched to other substations. The utility department anticipates that others will have to wait until sometime between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. Tuesday to have power restored.
Residents with outages are asked to unplug their unused electronics and turn off their air conditioners. This will help protect the items in the event the power spikes and help reduce the load once power is restored.
With the warm weather the area has been experiencing, Greendale Utilities asks residents to check on neighbors, particularly the elderly.
Residents with medical needs can pick up forms for special care at the Greendale City Building at 510 Ridge Avenue. Information filled out on the forms helps emergency services and the local utility identify residents’ special needs in an event such as this. The information is kept confidential.