Ephrata substation malfunction causes outage, 500 customers still without power

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(Photo courtesy of Grant County PUD)

About 8,000 Grant County PUD customers lost their power last night due to an equipment malfunction at the Utility’s Ephrata substation. Fire crews were also called out when a blaze broke out in one of the outbuildings.

Customers in the Soap Lake, Ephrata and Quincy areas experienced the large power outage, with the majority of customers coming back online around 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 16. Ephrata Substation Fire

“Shortly after the equipment malfunction there was a fire in that building,” said Grant County PUD spokesman Chuck Allen. “We had a rapid response from the fire department in Grant County, Fire District #13, and they were able to help get the fire put out. We are really appreciative of them and their efforts.”

A number of Grant County residents still without power

Allen said about 500 customers remained off the grid this morning. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. There were no injuries related to the substation equipment failure.

As of 11 a.m. on Feb. 16, the Grant County PUD said crews are still working to get power back for the remaining customers, and estimate it to take another two hours.

“We would appreciate it if our customers without power could please turn off and unplug all sensitive electrical equipment, turn down their thermostats and turn off their water heater circuit breakers,” the agency said on its Facebook page. “Once we have re-established power, these things can be turned back on.”

 If customers are experiencing an outage, they can report it to Grant PUD by calling (800) 216-5226. Please do not dial 911 to report a power outage. For ongoing outage updates please follow Grant PUD on Facebook. For power outage preparedness information visit our website at www.grantpud.org/customer-service/power-outages.