January 25, 2013

Fire briefly cuts power to parts of Plattsburgh, including the mall


---- — PLATTSBURGH — The power went out in a large area of the Town of Plattsburgh Thursday evening.

About 1,200 NYSEG customers in Clinton County lost power for just under an hour between 6 and 7 p.m., NYSEG Regional Operations Manager Mark Leta said.

Most of the outages were in the area of Tom Miller Road extending toward Buck’s Discount Center on Route 22, Leta said.

The extreme cold and high winds likely caused the problem.

“It’s a not an uncommon thing to happen when things are this cold,” he said.

The problem probably started when the insulation on a power line was damaged and sparked, spreading fire to the utility pole, Leta said.

“When voltages of that magnitude short, it basically catches the wood on the pole on fire,” he said.

The Town of Plattsburgh District 3 Fire Department and NYSEG worked together to extinguish the utility pole fire.

The power outage included at least one traffic light at the intersection of Route 22 and Route 374 in the Town of Plattsburgh.

There was also a power outage on Wallace Hill Road, according to Clinton County Fire Control.

State Police and highway personnel were dispatched immediately to intersections to warn drivers of the absence of lights.

Champlain Centre mall’s power was also reported out.

“Our first call is to speak with NYSEG to see what the issue is and how quickly it can be restored,” Champlain Centre Manager David Napolitan said soon after he had learned of the outage.

Security and store employees collaborate during power outages to ensure the mall area is secure, Napolitan said.

Scanner reports said one security guard was on duty at the mall at the time of the outage.

Power was restored and lights were functional at Champlain Centre at 7 p.m.

While NYSEG’s night crews were repairing the electrical system, the temperature was about 4 degrees with windchill, Leta said.

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