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Downtown Martinsburg without power caused by transformer failure

January 10, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Nearly 800 Allegheny Power customers in the downtown Martinsburg area are without power because a large transformer failed, an Allegheny Power spokesperson said Monday afternoon.

The transformer failed at 3:46 p.m., blackening some downtown traffic signals and prompting police to direct motorists. At City Hall in Martinsburg, employees were left sitting in the darkened building, but a generator helped offset the loss of electricity for emergency lighting.’

Power may not be restored until 10 p.m., according to an Allegheny Power spokesman.

The Martinsburg Fire Department responded to a reported transformer fire at the utility’s Water Street substation, but nothing was visible upon arrival, Chief Fire Investigator Greg Hoover said.

Neighbors said they heard a loud noise, Hoover said.

Traffic signals at Winchester Avenue and King Street and Queen and Race and Burke streets were among the intersections affected by the outage.

— Matthew Umstead

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