Transformer explosion causes fire, power outages in Chattanooga

(Photo by: Battalion Chief David Thompson Jr.)








A transformer blew Saturday morning and started a fire. Chattanooga firefighters responded to the commercial fire at P.S.C. Metals on W. 19th Street around 9:30 AM.

According to a release from CFD, flames from the explosion spread up the exterior wall of P.S.C. Metals and to extend inside the structure. Firefighters were able to put the fire out before it could cause much damage inside. No fire-related injuries were reported.

When the transformer exploded, it caused a power outage to the surrounding area. As a result, people were stranded in elevators at two different locations. Chattanooga firefighters got the people out of one elevator. The others got out on their own when the power came back on.

EPB and a subcontractor responded to the scene to repair the damaged substation. No injuries were reported.


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