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Plymouth power outage: Cultural Center serves as cooling center with water available

DTE Energy: All power should be restored by midnight

A DTE Energy substation caught fire Aug. 16, 2017 near Farmer and Theodore streets in Plymouth. (WDIV)
A DTE Energy substation caught fire Aug. 16, 2017 near Farmer and Theodore streets in Plymouth. (WDIV)

PLYMOUTH, Mich. – While Plymouth residents and business owners wait for power restoration after Wednesday night's substation fire they can head to the Cultural Center to cool off or get some water. 

UPDATE: Power restored in Plymouth

The Cultural Center will serve as a cooling center Thursday. Water also will be available at the center. 

The Cultural Center actually is located right next to the DTE Energy substation which caught fire at Theodore and Farmer streets. DTE said they hope to have about half of the city's power restored by noon Thursday and the rest restored by midnight. 

It's still unclear what caused the explosion and fire. DTE officials said it could have been anything from an equipment problem to a squirrel gnawing at wires. 

"There's a lot of energy. Think about all of the energy to serve all of those 4,000 homes and businesses in the area. All of that energy is going through those transformers, and a failure in there pumps all of that energy right there into the transformer. It needs a place to go and it went into the oil and later caused the explosions and fire," said Ryan Stowe, DTE executive director. 

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