Transformer fire knocks out power to thousands

Power has been restored to all but about 300 Dayton Power & Light customers, according to its online outage map.

UPDATE @ 4:39 p.m.:

According to the DP&L outage map, power has been restored to more than half of those who lost it earlier Friday. As of this update, 1,550 customers remain with no power.

UPDATE @ 3:20 p.m.:

A Centerville Kroger shopper said many people were in the large store with full shopping carts when the power went out.

“There were probably 30 carts full of groceries ready to check out, they all had to abandon their carts,” said Lynda Seidel of Waynesville. Luckily Linda only had two items when she was in line and had to leave. Seidel said customers asked if they could return and pick up their items, but were told the store would have to restock everything. Customers would have to do their shopping all over again once power was restored, according to Seidel.

The store was not completely dark, but dim with emergency lights activated and a beeping noise, described Seidel.

We were unable to reach a Centerville Kroger representative for comment regarding the power outage.

DP&L sent an email to our newsroom which stated there is an issue with an underground cable in Washington Twp. A DP&L spokesman said they are switching customers now and hope to have everyone restored within the hour.

FIRST REPORT

A transformer fire is to blame for more than 3,700 DP&L customers having no electrical power Friday afternoon.

According to Centerville police, the transformer fire is in the 900-block of Stephanie St. in Centerville. It’s causing sporadic outages in the southern Montgomery County area.

According to a caller who was shopping in the Centerville Kroger, customers were told to abandon their carts and leave the store.

We left a phone message with DP&L and are awaiting an answer to how long the outage may last.

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