Transformer fire causes big outage in SW Missouri

3 years 9 months 4 weeks ago Friday, August 22 2014 Aug 22, 2014 Friday, August 22, 2014 5:05:01 AM CDT August 22, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

OZARK (AP) - A fire at a utility company's substation left thousands of people without power in southwest Missouri.

The Empire Electric substation in Christian County was destroyed by fire Thursday evening, leaving 4,500 people in the Ozark and Sparta area without power.

Utility employees worked throughout the night to replace the transformer but thousands of customers were still without power early Friday.

Utility spokeswoman Julie Maus said the transformer was working within normal capacity when the fire started. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Ozark First Baptist Church opened its doors Thursday night for those who needed a place to stay during the outage.

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