Fire and power outages in West Lafayette from blown transformer

Photo shows a high transmission tower (WLFI Photo/Jamie Long)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A power outage is affecting the Purdue campus area due to a transformer blowing near U.S. 231 and S. River Road in West Lafayette, officials said. Fire crews also reported as sparks caused a small grass fire.

Wabash Township Fire Deputy Chief Jim Lewis said a one of the arms on a utility pole broke causing wires to cross, which then caused sparks. Those sparks fell into a heavy wooded and grassy area, which caused a small grass fire.

Lewis said the area was unable to be reached with the trucks, so crews filled large water tanks onto the back of ATVs and drove the water back to the fire. The fire was small and put out quickly, according to Lewis.

In addition, Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office said several residents and businesses in West Lafayette including Purdue’s campus are without power. Deputies said many traffic lights are also down.

Duke Energy officials said the outages are widespread and intermittent. Duke has a crew on scene working to resolve the issue.

No time frame has been determined for when the outages will be fixed.

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