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Breaker failure and fire cause power outage


Contributed: KPUD

FIRE POWER: A breaker failure at a substation led to a fire that stopped power to about 6,000 Klickitat County residents Sunday. Burn damage is evident on the equipment.

Sunday a breaker failure in a Goldendale substation led to a fire that interrupted power in the city and surrounding communities for hours.

At about 3 p.m. the Klickitat PUD states, the substation breaker failed and then caught on fire. That, in turn, caused the main breaker in Bonneville Power Substation to open. The result was a power outage that affected approximately 6,000 Klickitat PUD customers. The outage affected customers in Goldendale, Bickleton, Klickitat, Centerville, and Wishram along with neighboring areas. Klickitat PUD Crews and the fire department personnel all responded.

Klickitat PUD Crews were able to isolate the breaker in the Goldendale Substation. At that time it...

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