EASTOVER — A Thursday morning fire at a Duke Energy substation caused a power outage that affected about 6,100 South River Electric Membership Corp. customers, a South River spokeswoman said.

Catherine O'Dell, South River vice president of public relations, said the fire apparently occurred around 7:30 a.m. Duke Energy supplies some power to South River.

"The majority were restored within 45 minutes, then we just had the Eastover area that was not restored right away," she said.

Power to South River customers was restored by around 9:15 a.m.; however, some Duke Energy customers were still without power at noon.

Armstrong Elementary School apparently lost power during the outage, O'Dell said.

"We were able to get everybody back up pretty quickly," O'Dell said. "We're just happy it wasn't freezing out."

Dave Scanzoni, a Duke Energy spokesman, said the fire started at a mobile substation in the 3100 block of Beard Road. He said Thursday morning the cause was unknown and the incident was still under investigation.

About 2,600 Duke Energy customers, including some in the Eastover area, were without power Thursday morning.

Scanzoni said there were no injures in the fire.

 

Staff writer Rodger Mullen can be reached at rmullen@fayobserver.com or 486-3561.