Residents in Berea and Paint Lick were without power Monday morning as a result of a substation equipment failure.
A piece of equipment went out at one of LGE & KU's substations that provides electricity to customers in the Paint Lick area, according to Liz Pratt of LGE & KU.
"When that equipment went out, it impacted transmission lines … or superhighways … that carry electricity," she explained.
Those are the larger power lines that carry the electricity to distribution lines, which then feed into residences and businesses, which is why the outage affected citizens of Berea in addition to Paint Lick customers.
Pratt said the equipment failure "may have been very visible when the equipment went out," which could explain why some people said the substation caught fire. However, Pratt didn't receive any reports of a fire at the substation.
"This is what we refer to as a flash," she said. "As the equipment went out, the electricity went to the ground."
As far as LGE & KU customers go, Pratt said, several hundred in Paint Lick were without power.
The substation's power was restored at around 10 a.m.
But in Berea, she said it would be up to Berea Municipal Utilities to determine how many people were affected in the city, as well as when power in the city was restored.
Berea Municipal Utilities did not respond to The Register by press deadline Monday.
Pratt said sometimes, a cause is known for why a piece of equipment goes out, such as a lightning strike or an animal. However, in this instance, no cause has been identified.
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