PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WHDH) – Nearly 60 firefighters extinguished a 3-alarm blaze at a Providence, Rhode Island power plant Saturday afternoon.
A transformer exploded and burst into flames at the historic Manchester Street power plant in Providence.
Crews say thousands of gallons of mineral oil burned before they could get a good handle of the flames.
“Five very large radiators on the transformers and that’s the oil that they used to keep the transformers cool while they’re operating,” said Deputy Chief Brian Mahoney of the Providence Fire Department.
National Grid had to shut off power temporarily.
“We checked all of the buildings down near the plant and everything was good,” Deputy Mahoney said.
Firefighters responding called for backup when they found the area engulfed in flames with thick black smoke.
Rhode Island’s flammable liquid task force was also called to the scene to assist, according to firefighters.
No one was reported injured.
“This particular plant has a skeleton crew that works in the plant, there was never any danger of the plant itself catching fire,” Deputy Mahoney said.
The station powers more than 100 thousand homes in the area.
National Grid said no one lost power but it did cause a scene for drivers on the highway and city streets.
A local man said, “It did create a lot of traffic jams.”
Deputy Mahoney said it was a difficult fire to fight, due to the humidity.
Fire officials say they have responded to several fires at this station over the years, but never a transformer fire like this.(Copyright (c) 2019 Sunbeam Television. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)