Power outage affects 1,800 customers

Becky Vargo • Mar 13, 2018 at 11:30 AM

More than 1,800 customers were without power in the Spring Lake area Monday night after a high-voltage transmission line fell on some Consumers Energy lines in Crockery Township.

Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern said the incident, which occurred at 10:09 p.m., took out the Savidge sub-station by Spring Lake’s Central Park. The ITC transmission line fell on Consumers Energy lines in the area of 15143 120th Ave.

ITC spokeswoman Kelly Fulford said the company’s crews were on the scene Tuesday to fix the lines. Power was rerouted until a fix could be made, she said.

Power was restored to all but 17 customers in the Nunica area by 11:51 p.m. Monday, Morgenstern said. The rest of the customers were back online by 2:24 a.m. Tuesday.

The outage caused smoke alarms to go off at a Spring Lake Township factory. Spring Lake firefighters responded on the call to Shape Stamping, 16933 144th Ave., at 10:13 p.m. and determined that there was no fire, and that the alarms went off because of the outage.

Ten minutes later, firefighters were dispatched to a residence east of 148th Avenue on a call of someone stuck in a power chair due to the outage.

Both Fulford and Morgenstern said they could not find any information on a power surge reported late Monday morning in the Spring Lake area. They said they did not know if the two incidents were related. The power surge occurred shortly before noon. Spring Lake Fire Chief Brian Sipe said they noticed it at the station, located on the corner of M-104 and Fruitport Road.

Spring Lake firefighters were sent on a call just after that regarding smoke in a building at Weiss Chiropractic and Core Computers in downtown Spring Lake. In that incident, firefighters determined the smoke was from a burned-out motor on a roof unit, possibly connected to the power surge.

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