Power restored to downtown GR after transformer fire

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A power outage in downtown Grand Rapids cut short classes at Catholic Central High School and shut down the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

The Diocese of Grand Rapids announced around 10:45 a.m. Monday it would be dismissing classes at Catholic Central High School at 11:15 a.m. and closing the diocese offices because of the outage.

Both the school and diocese were among the approximately 133 homes, organizations and businesses in the area of Division Avenue and Cherry Street that were without power, according to Consumers Energy.

Map with purple and blue spots for outages
The area shaded purple shows the Consumers Energy customers affected by the Aug. 26, 2019 transformer fire.

Company spokesman Roger Morgenstern said a transformer in an underground vault malfunctioned, leading to a fire.

Firefighters were called in to put out the flames and power was fully restored around 1:30 p.m. Monday.

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