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Posted on Sun, Sep 8, 2013 : 10:06 a.m.

More than 5,000 DTE customers without power after transformer fire

By Kyle Feldscher


This map shows the affected areas as of 10 a.m. Sunday morning.

DTE outage map

Update at 11:30 a.m.: DTE officials said all power was back to customers as off 10:50 a.m.

More than 5,000 DTE Energy customers in Washtenaw County were without power Sunday morning after a Pittsfield Township transformer fire, officials said.

The DTE Outage map showed a power outage that went from the Interstate 94 and U.S. 23 interchange south along the U.S. 23 corridor through Pittsfield Township and into York Township.

Pittsfield Township Fire Chief Sean Gleason confirmed the outage was the result of a transformer fire at Michigan Avenue and Morgan Road that took place about 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Dispatchers told that firefighters had cleared the scene and DTE Energy crews have been notified.

DTE spokeswoman Erica Donerson said the outage came due to "animal interference." All power was restored by 10:50 a.m. Sunday, Donerson said.

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Snarf Oscar Boondoggle

Sun, Sep 8, 2013 : 4:59 p.m.

"animal interference" -- another hawk tried to barbecue a rabbit on teh crossbar? - i just kicked over the house to my generator for a couple hours. dte did do a nice job of fast-repair - thank you, dte.


Sun, Sep 8, 2013 : 4:53 p.m.

They estimated power would be restored between 12 and 2pm. It was back on by 11. Nice work DTE! :)


Sun, Sep 8, 2013 : 4:23 p.m.

Nice job DTE. Power came back on a lot faster than expected...especially for a Sunday. Thank you.


Sun, Sep 8, 2013 : 3:53 p.m.

The traffic light at Ellsworth & Platt is now working again. Folks were good about the 4 way stop early this morning.


Sun, Sep 8, 2013 : 3:04 p.m.

What I found very "interesting" was how initially DTE had a number of "small" outages on the outage map... given what DTE said to us during the smart meter "upgrade": "Automatic power-outage detection" I would expect that DTE would've known the scope of the outage immediately and the outage map would've reflected that.

Basic Bob

Sun, Sep 8, 2013 : 3:31 p.m.

It might be automatic, but that doesn't make it immediate.

Kyle Feldscher

Sun, Sep 8, 2013 : 3:21 p.m.

It was strange to reload the page and see a few scattered homes without power to a large swath of the township suddenly without power.


Sun, Sep 8, 2013 : 2:55 p.m.

Thanks for the updates Kyle - was nice to know what was going on.... Power came back like 2 minutes ago for me