SRP Transformer Catches Fire -- 80,000 Residents in Mesa and Apache Junction Without Power

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About 80,000 people in Mesa and Apache Junction are without power because of a fire on a Salt River Project transformer.

The transformer -- on the corner of Power Road and University Drive in northeast Mesa -- caught fire this morning about 11:45, leaving about 30,000 residents without power.

However, Salt River Officials now say that number has grown to 80,000.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.


"Around these times [of extremely hot weather] there's more demand and stress on our system," Jeff Lane, spokesman for SRP tells New Times. "It could've been high temperatures, equipment failures. We won't know for a couple days. When it's hot, sometimes we have equipment breakdowns."

Mesa firefighters were called to the scene this morning and battled the blaze with foam, Captain Forrest Smith, the fire department's public information officer, tells us.

A huge column of smoke from the fire could be seen across the Valley. More than a dozen fire trucks responded to the scene, where it took firefighters about three hours beat the flames into submission.

"I haven't seen a fire this size in a long time," Smith says. "This kind of thing doesn't happen that often."

While the fire is "completely under control," authorities say, SRP still has to redirect power from other areas of the Valley to Mesa and Apache Junction residents. The process can take a while, Lane says, leaving residents in the dark for the next couple hours.

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Power is still out here at Power and McDowell...

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

Actually the power is back on. Mine came back on 2 hours ago, at the time of my comment. It was out for only a couple hours or less. I endured 1 hour in my apt without power before venturing out in search of a cool place. Came back and went swimming before my power came back on. It's a blessing.


power just came on about 20 minutes ago!

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