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Crews battle fire at electric substation in West Plains

Springfield (MO) KYTV logo Springfield (MO) KYTV 11/21/2021 Christopher Replogle
CAUGHT ON CAMERA: KY3 viewer Ernest Daily captured video of a substation fire near his house Saturday morning in West Plains. © Provided by Springfield (MO) KYTV CAUGHT ON CAMERA: KY3 viewer Ernest Daily captured video of a substation fire near his house Saturday morning in West Plains.

WEST PLAINS, Mo. (KY3) - An electric substation in West Plains caught on fire Saturday morning, leading to widespread power outages across the city for several hours.

It’s unclear how many outages the fire caused, but the fire broke out at the Lincoln Street Electric Substation. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Police tell KY3 that crews put out the fire Saturday morning. Most power outages were restored by the early afternoon hours.

KY3 viewer Ernest Daily captured video of the substation fire near his house Saturday morning.

“Lit up my whole house,” said Ernest Daily. “I didn’t know what to think, I mean I didn’t know what was going to happen.”

KY3 spoke with the city of West Plains about the power outage.

“I was in a little bit of a panic this morning, and we immediately called “Show-Me Dispatch,” which helps with our power distribution,” said Jeff Hanshaw, Public Works Director. “We had to turn off the internal power off to the city West Plains to fix the fire.”

The city worked hard to restore everyone’s power.

“We started restoring power at approximately 10:30 this morning, and then everyone had all power back around 1 p.m.” said Hanshaw.

This fire is unrelated to a deadly house fire reported Friday night in West Plains.

Additional details are limited at this time. We will update as more information becomes available.

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