2/15/2013 1:54:00 PM Substation fire cuts power to more than 1,200
Ameren crews surveyed damage caused by this transformer fire early today. No cause is known for the fire. More than 1,200 customers were without power. Full power is expected to be restored around 5 p.m. today. (Tom Compton photo)
A transformer fire knocked out power to more than 1,200 area customers early this morning.
Robinson firefighters were called to the East Robinson Substation at Illinois Route 1 and County Road 950E, just after 2 a.m. A transformer serving a sub-transmission and distribution line caught fire. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, according to Ameren spokesperson Leigh Morris.
Robinson Fire Chief Ted Atteberry said there was not much to burn at the substation, but the oil in the transformer did burn at high temperature for quite a while.
Additional firefighters from LaMotte Township Fire Department were also on the scene, and several tankers were dispatched from other departments to provide water to cool the fire.
Fire crews were on the scene for several hours. Ameren workers were at the substation this morning assessing the situation and making repairs.
Morris said around 1,225 customers were without power following the fire and around 945 Palestine and 62 Flat Rock customers are still without power this morning. Full restoration of power is expected by 5 p.m. today. Palestine schools were canceled for the day.