Failed transformer causes power outages

Last Updated on September 13, 2015 by cassnetwork

LMU superintendent Paul Hartman says a blown transformer outside the electric generating plant caused about 500 customers in Logansport to lose power tonight.

The first reports of power outages we received came in around  7 p.m.

Fire personnel were called to the scene, but Hartman says a transformer outside the plant failed because of “some birds playing between phases,” which is actually a distribution issue. LMU owns its own distribution system, which is a separate entity from the generating plant.

“Nothing happened inside the plant,” Hartman said. “When the boilers come down rapidly, we put the fire out so we produce no more steam. This is routine to our generating plant employees. There was some soot blowing out vents as well as our stack. Again, this happens when we come down rapidly.”

LMU restored power to all customers by 8:15 p.m.