Transformer fire blackens skies over Madison
Friday, February 14, 2014 10:00 AM
Several area fire departments responded to a transformer fire Thursday afternoon at an American Electrical Power Indiana Michigan substation near Madison.
SMOKE AND FLAMES: A transformer burns at an AEP substation off of Goins Road near Madison on Thursday. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchiefirstname.lastname@example.org)
The first fire call came shortly before 1 p.m. The cause of the fire is unknown, according to Tracy Warner, communications consultant with AEP.
"We're still assessing (the cause) and the extent of the damage," Warner said.
Warner said there were oil tanks on site containing mineral oil. The fire did not extend to that location, and no oil was spilled, Warner said.
The fire resulted in a large black cloud hanging over the city for most of the afternoon, which Warner said was non-toxic.
There were no injuries as a result of the fire. Fire crews had to wait several hours before they could get on to the property to fight the fire.
Employees had to reroute power to Rockport, which also had a transformer down.
Madison Township, Ryker's Ridge, Hanover and Kent fire departments responded to the fire.