Part of Kentucky’s Capital City is in the dark. The Frankfort Plant Board says a transformer had an electrical short and caught fire around 4:00 this afternoon. It knocked out power to about 3,000 meters.
Half of those meters are back-on but crews don’t expect the rest to have power until about 1:00 am.
“I noticed that the closer I got to Downtown, you could see the lights, coming down the hill, you could actually see the lights were on all the way downtown,” said James Lyvers who saw the smoke from the transformer fire as he was driving into work.
But it’s not all bad news, one business is booming. Buddy’s Pizza in downtown Frankfort lost their cable for awhile after the fire. But once the phone line came back, orders were flying in.
“Since I got here at 4:30 I’ve been making pizzas pretty steadily,” said Lyvers who is also the cook at Buddy’s Pizza.
They were feeding customers without power who couldn’t make their own dinner.
“Normally we have a lot of people come in and sit down and enjoy their pizza but we had a lot more to-go’s today,” said Lyvers.
While Buddy’s Pizza is staying busy, crews are still trying to figure out what caused the electrical short at the power-station.
“Over the next few days, as we get the power restored, we’ll start to tear apart the equipment and see if we can find out what happened,” said Vent Foster, assistant general manager for Frankfort Plant Board.
Thankfully, Foster says no one was hurt in the fire. Crews are glad it won’t be too cold tonight for customers without power but they do recommend, with winter coming, having a back-up generator in case of emergencies.