Transformer fire at Fairhaven Power Plant

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Crews with Samoa Peninsula and Humboldt Bay fire districts responded to a fire at
the Fairhaven Power Plant in Samoa on Thursday.

Samoa Peninsula Chief Dale Unea said the district received a call reporting
flames coming from a transformer at the plant at 3:50 p.m.

When fire crews arrived on scene, it was discovered that the fire was in a
transformer feeding to Pacific Gas and Electric Co., Unea said.

Humboldt Bay Battalion Chief Ed Laidlaw said PG&E officials had been
called to the scene to de-energize power lines above the power plant before fire
crews could begin putting water on the blaze. Laidlaw said he had heard that the
transformer fire had affected power to parts of Arcata and Eureka.

An hour after the fire was reported, PG&E spokeswoman Brittany McKannay
said any outages potentially caused by the fire had been resolved.

"There were momentary outages," she said. "You may have seen your lights go
out or flicker for a couple of minutes, but we have been able to restore all of
our customers."

A PG&E outage map indicated two outages in Eureka affecting two customers
that began at 4:23 p.m. and one outage in Arcata affecting one customer that
began at 4:07 p.m.

Fire crews had left the scene by 7 p.m.


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