Flint Energies transformer fails, catches fire in Houston

mstucka@macon.comFebruary 11, 2014 

BONAIRE -- Fire continued to pour from a failed Flint Energies transformer even after U.S. Air Force firefighters put 3,000 gallons of suppressive foam on the site, part of an electrical substation off Ga. 247 near Sandy Run Road.

Houston County deputies reportedly blocked off the state highway at Sandy Run Road and Ga. 96. No injuries were reported.

Air Force firefighters in silver moonsuits refilled their truck to return to cool off the blaze around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Minutes into their second attack, billowing clouds of white smoke poured into a gray sky.

Jimmy Autry, Flint spokesman, said workers easily rerouted power around the transformer.

"People probably saw momentary blinks, but there was no outage with it," he said.

Autry said crews would do a "post mortem" on the transformer to try to determine why it failed. When it failed, power was routed through redundant equipment.

Amy Fink, spokeswoman for Georgia Power, said her company maintains the substation. The cause of the fire is not yet known. It was reported at 12:20 p.m. Ga. 247 reopened to traffic at 1:48 p.m.

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