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Transformer Fires Knock Out Power for Thousands in Stoughton

Two transformer fires on separate ends of Sumner St. in Stoughton caused 20 percent of the town to lose power late Saturday night.

For the second consecutive Saturday, thousands in Stoughton were without power because of an issue at a National Grid substation on Sumner St.

A transformer fire at the National Grid substation at 171 Sumner St. and another transformer fire about 1.3 miles down the road at the Kindred Hospital at 909 Sumner St. (the former Goddard Hospital) around 10 p.m. on April 7 triggered the outages, Lt. Jim Campbell of the said.

The Stoughton Fire Department and National Grid responded to the scene. There was a minor brush fire at the substation, Campbell said.

Campbell said the incident is being investigated but the cause of the fires is unknown at this time.

According to the National Grid outage website, about 2,440 National Grid customers, or roughly 20 percent of the town’s 12,000 total customers, lost power as a result.

A pocket of 1,740 customers lost power on parts on Park St., Pleasant St., Central St., and Washington St. Another pocket of 700 customers lost power in the Sumner St. area and the Sumner Gardens neighborhood (Atkinson Ave. area).

As of Sunday morning, April 8, power had been restored, according to the National Grid outage website.

The previous Saturday, March 31, almost 11,000 National Grid customers in Stoughton (90 percent of customers) when a breaker opened at the Sumner St. substation.

Longtime Resident April 08, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Nice to see National Grid is taking such good care of its equipment.
Beck April 08, 2012 at 12:07 PM
This is just getting ridiculous now.
lowertaxes April 08, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Wouldn't this make 3 outages in 2 weeks?
It may be time for every one in Stoughton to get a emergency portable generator system installed for all your must have needs heating, well, refrigeration,health needs,computer systems,ect.
JJM April 09, 2012 at 12:37 AM
These recent power outages may likely be due to solar flares causing geomagnetic storms. On Saturday night, some Stoughton residents witnessed blue flashing in the sky, which was probably an aurora. See http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2009/21jan_severespaceweather/.
Sarah April 09, 2012 at 12:38 AM
lowertaxes- there have been 3 outages in 2 weeks, but the 3rd (or first, chronologically) was due to a motor vehicle accident which knocked down a pole. But, yes, it seems that National Grid needs to do some serious maintenance in town!
JJM April 09, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Also, per spaceweather.com's website: INCOMING CME: NOAA forecasters estimate a 25% chance of strong geomagnetic storms around the poles on April 8-9 when a CME delivers a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field. The cloud was propelled in our direction by a solar filament, which erupted on April 5th.
DJ April 09, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Love it JJM. Thanks for the rational scientific percpective. For those keeping count however, there were actually two outages Saturday night. A brief 5 minute or so brownout followed by a longer one about 30 minutes later. Those solar flares are slippery and unpredictable little suckers.
devit April 09, 2012 at 07:24 AM
http://mahashaktienergy.com/power-transformers.html -power transformers are devices more effective and caring for flow electric power. you are getting right think its follows
Soutex April 10, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Correct DJ...and actually it happened the week before as well: blackout proceeded by brownout... Recently moved to the area and have lost power more in last 6 months than in last 6 years at previous residence in another town!

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