Major Outage Due to Substation Fire - SLIDESHOW

By: Kim Gay, Talquin Electric
By: Kim Gay, Talquin Electric

[UPDATE] 6-7 10am -

The City of Midway is asking citizens to limit their power usage to a minimum as Talquin Electric performs the necessary repairs to the Brickyard Substation.

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UPDATE 6-7-2011 8:00 am

Talquin Electric confirms that most accounts affected by last night's fire at the Brickyard Substation have been restored.


UPDATE 6-6-2011 10:40 pm

Midway, FL - Talquin's Brickyard Substation experienced a fire tonight, resulting in a major outage for those served by this substation which include the Midway and Ft. Braden areas.

A transformer is being brought to Midway from Perry. Power has been restored but the fix is a temporary one.

City Manager Agatha Muse Salters and Gadsden County Commissioner Eugene Lamb want residents to limit their power usage until further notice, so they can get another transformer.

Also, the fire has been contained and there were no injuries.


Midway, FL -- June 6, 2011 --

Talquin's Brickyard Substation experienced a fire tonight, resulting in a major outage for those served by this substation which include the Midway and Ft. Braden areas.

Over 2,000 members are without service. Crews are on the scene working to restore power but there is not an estimated time of restoration.

The fire has been contained and there were no injuries.

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  • by RESIDENT Location: MIDWAY on Jun 7, 2011 at 09:35 AM
  • by Katrina Location: Southwood on Jun 7, 2011 at 09:28 AM
    This outage was felt all the way down Old Federal Road. Everyone without power for all but ten minutes..Thanks Talquin Electric!
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      by Rustling Pines Resident on Jun 7, 2011 at 01:54 PM in reply to Katrina
      I was without power for about 3 hours. However, I have a new appreciation for the workers, inventors of electricity, light bulbs, television, candles, etc. TEC does an excellent job. AND, my electric and water bill is way lower than when I was living in an apartment with utilities with COT.
  • by Talquin Fan on Jun 7, 2011 at 09:02 AM
    I have a great appreciation for the men and women who work for Talquin. Whether it's a storm related outage or something like this fire, these guys get out and work their butts off and restore our power as soon as they can get the job done. Thank you!
  • by Appreciative! Location: Havana, Fl on Jun 7, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    I am truly amazed how people jump on the band wagon when power or other public utilites are not functioning properly. Does anyone ever step up to show appreciation for these services when things are running well! I personally, appreciate ALL of the personnel dealing with ANY power outage. These folks are risking their lives to deal with high voltage electricity guys!!! I drove by the Midway area last night at 3:00 am and Talquin employees were working to restore or fix the problem. Whether the transformer comes from Perry or Pennsylvania... what's the difference?? What is important is that no one is hurt or killed... and the power will be restored.
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      by Rattlesnake on Jun 7, 2011 at 11:23 AM in reply to Appreciative!
      Hey, I wasn't knockin' TEC.. I have the greatest respect in the world for anyone who works with high voltage electricity, especially linemen. My dad was killed by same, one uncle disabled by an exploding transformer, another uncle retired from Gulf Power... Anyone who wants to see the dangers of being a lineman, go watch SLIM (1937) with Henry Fonda. The scene in NYC repairing an electrical substation during a monster blizzard always gives me nightmares!
  • by Steve Location: Marietta, Georgia on Jun 7, 2011 at 06:59 AM
    [Florida resident] TEC is a CoOp. They buy electricity from Florida Power & Light, and sell it at a discount to members of the CoOp (the area it does provide.) Rattlesnake is correct about a solar flare event. It is in fact a gamble. A CoOp sells for less, counting on nothing going wrong. Less overhead means lower price per kw and a marginal profit. The good the bad and the ugly!
  • by Rattlesnake Location: Bloxham on Jun 7, 2011 at 05:12 AM
    Talquin Electric Coop is small-town potatoes and being able to get a replacement transformer from Perry is a godsend... If our world ever gets hit by a major solar event, ALL of our current transformers on the national power grid will be destroyed, and there are no replacements for these super transformers, which means we'll go back to the dark ages... horse and buggies!
  • by beachview Location: St. Teresa Beach on Jun 7, 2011 at 04:01 AM
    Talquin rules. We ever get hit with a major storm and Talquin customers better look for a good generator. The HQ in Quincy is Old School and not prepared for a major disaster at substations. Having to drive to Perry to get a transformer.... that is a bit far.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 at 02:25 PM in reply to beachview
      The transformer that caught fire costs over a half million dollars. Not to many people have an extra one setting around.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 at 03:32 AM
    i know how that feels. back in april we had no power on my bday. we no power for at least 20 hrs. and we barely had storms on 4/5/11 in wakulla. we had power lines in the road that was not touched for at least 10 hours and buses have to drive through the down wires. so yall suck it up....
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      by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 at 10:31 AM in reply to
      Where in the world did you go to school or did you ?
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      by Jethro Capital City, Fl. on Jun 7, 2011 at 12:13 PM in reply to
      Huh? Maybe, try that again?
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