Equipment problem knocks out power to 32,000 in Va

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 4, 2014 at 10:03 am •  Published: January 4, 2014

DOOMS, Va. (AP) — An equipment malfunction and fire at a substation in Augusta County have knocked out electricity to about 32,000 customers.

Dominion Virginia Power spokesman Dan Genest says the malfunction caused a small fire around 7 a.m. Saturday at the company's substation in Dooms. The fire has been extinguished.

Genest says about 19,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers are without power.

He says Dominion Virginia Power also lost connection points to several electric cooperatives. That left about 13,000 electric cooperative customers without power.

Crews are working to restore electricity service. Genest says service will be restored gradually to prevent an overload of the system.

Electricity service is expected to be restored to all affected customers by Saturday afternoon.

The cause of the equipment malfunction hasn't been determined.

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