Transformer fire in Kalaeloa causes outage

Transformer fire in Kalaeloa causes extensive outage

KALAELOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A transformer on a Navy utility pole caught fire around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, causing a power outage in Kalaeloa.

Power was restored about 3:12 p.m.

Navy Region Hawaii spokesman Bill Doughty said that the cause of the transformer fire is under investigation.

"We apologize for any inconvenience to those impacted," he stated.

On Tuesday morning, Doughty said the Navy Exchange's Touch 'n Go Mini Mart and Gas Station was in the dark. The Barbers Point Bowling Center and the Beach Cottages were also without power.

The outage triggered the power supply at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station at Barber's Point to switch over to back-up generation.

The Hawaii National Guard facility at Kalaeloa was also affected.

According to Colonel Chuck Anthony, about a dozen Air and Army National Guard buildings were impacted by the early-morning transformer fire and outage. Most of the buildings were in the dark, while a few were operating on back-up generator power.

Tripler Army Medical Center also reported that its Warrior Ohana Medical Home, which serves active duty families and retirees, was temporarily closed.

Maintenance personnel at the Kalaeloa Rental Homes community indicated that some of its homes are also without power, in the area known as Kaimana. Other homes fenced along Nassau Street appeared to still have some power with exterior lighting visible from the property early this morning.

Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Dave Jenkins said that a fire crew responded to the transformer fire, but downed live power lines posed a threat to firefighters, so they awaited confirmation from Navy officials that the power was cut to the pole before they could extinguish it around 4 a.m.

They also put out a small brush fire near the pole.

Because it's a Navy utility pole located on Navy property, crews with the Navy Facilities Engineering Command or NAVFAC are handling the repairs.

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