Fire & blackout shut down bridge site

Stock photo of a transformer station. (Photo courtesy © Can Stock Photo Inc. / LianeM)

Some work at the Gordie Howe International Bridge has come to a halt for a fire investigation.

Windsor Fire and Rescue Services reported a fire at G. N. Booth Drive near the Nemak plant Thursday morning. Fire officials said a tarp covering scaffolding caught fire after touching high tension hydro lines, which then spread causing a large grass fire and power outage.

No injuries were reported.

Mark Butler, director of communications for the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, said hydro relocation work was being done at the time.

“Work in the area of the incident has been shut down until the investigation into this matter has been completed and the site has been deemed safe to return,” he said.

Butler said all other work at the Canadian Port of Entry continues.

There was a power outage in downtown and west Windsor at the same time but it’s not clear if the two events were connected.

Enwin Utilities said the blackout was the result of a fire at the J.C. Keith Transformer Station in West Windsor, which is near the Nemak plant. Officials said it caused a momentary voltage dip across the city, leaving approximately 14,000 customers in the dark.

The majority of customers had power restored by 11:09 a.m. when electricity was re-routed. All affected customers had their power back by 11:46 a.m.

Enwin added there was no permanent damage to the transformer station.