GPA investigating transformer fire; no interruption in power service

The fire was at a pad mount transformer that was on the ground at GPA's Piti substation.

The Guam Power Authority is investigating a fire that occurred at a transformer located inside the utility’s Piti Substation.

According to Acting GPA Communications Manager Patti Long Diego, the fire has been extinguished and there were no injuries and no other disruption of operations.

Guam Fire Department units from Piti and Agat responded to the transformer fire. According to GFD spokesman Kevin Reilly, the fire was extinguished at 11:05 a.m. after GPA personnel isolated the power to the unit.

In an interview with K-57’s Andrea Pellacani, Diego said the fire was at a pad mount transformer that was on the ground.

“It’s just the transformer that gives power to the building. There were no other incidents with other equipment or personnel,” Diego said.

She added that the root cause of the fire is now being looked into and will be shared as soon as information is available.

“We will investigate and determine the cause of the fire. We want ratepayers to know that GPA operations are normal and there was no interruption of service,” Diego said.