Transformer Leaks, Causes Power Problems

Crews shut off power to Francisville apartments after transformer leaks oil & wire comes down

By Dan Stamm
|  Friday, Aug 17, 2012  |  Updated 3:16 PM EDT
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Transformer Leaks, Causes Power Problems

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A wire came down and transformer leaked Friday afternoon causing power problems in the Francisville section of the Philadelphia.

Power went out along Brown Street from Broad to 15th Streets after a wire went down at Brown and Carlisle Streets, PECO said.

Crews arrived around 12:30 to find the transformer leaking an unknown liquid that was later determined to be oil, according to dispatchers.

PECO says fifty total customers, including several apartment buildings lost power.

Power to a nearby apartment building needed to be cut off while crews worked to contain the transformer issue, dispatchers said.

PECO's environmental services crews were in the process of cleaning up the oil according to EPA standards, a PECO spokesman said.

As of 3 p.m. PECO crews remained on the scene as power remained out for local customers.


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