[Updated] BELCO has confirmed that the power outage in Hamilton this afternoon [July 26] was caused by a transformer explosion inside BELCO’s Park Road Substation at 3.18pm. As Park Road is one of four transformers feeding the City of Hamilton, approximately one-fourth of the City lost power at that time.
A BELCO spokesperson said: “Electricity service to all customers was restored at approximately 4:15 pm, after, at approximately 3:18 pm, a transformer explosion occurred inside BELCO’s Park Road Substation, whilst the substation’s second transformer was off-line, outside, undergoing maintenance; no one was hurt.
“Park Road is one of four transformers feeding the City of Hamilton, so approximately one-fourth of the City lost power at that time, particularly in the northern section between Park Road, Par-la-Ville Road, Church & Reid Streets and Burnaby Hill.
“Please note that traffic lights serving the area have been affected. Work to restore electricity service to affected customers began immediately. BELCO estimates that service should be restored by 4:30 pm. The Park Road Substation will continue to operate with one transformer, as work is undertaken to make permanent repairs.
“This power outage was not related to increased summer load. The cause of the transformer fault will be investigated. BELCO apologises to customers for the inconvenience caused by this incident and thanks them for their patience.”
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