South Pasadena Fire Department officials responded to a blown transformer Friday morning behind Pavilions market in the 1400 block of Lyndon Avenue.
Captain Chris Saxon of the South Pasadena Fire Department said power was reported out at the local fire station on Mound Avenue. “We were at the station when the power went out,” explained Saxon. “The generator came on, and in a few minutes we received a call for small explosions in a transformer,” he said. “We responded and found a ground level transformer with the doors that looked like they had blown open. Looked like they caught on fire, which is now out.”
He hasn’t heard any specific reports, but Saxon believed the power was out in some parts of the city as a result of the explosion.
Saxon was informed by a South Pasadena police officer that a Pavilions employee “actually put the fire out, which we highly discourage,” he said. “These transformers are extremely high voltage. When we arrived on scene we notified Edison.”
Authorities were busy putting caution tape around the area of the blown transformer.
The SPFD captain said firefighters were monitoring the situation waiting for Southern California Edison officials to evaluate the condition of the transformer.
Saxon said the store employee used a fire extinguisher to put out the transformer blaze prior the SPFD’s arrival on scene. “Again, we highly discourage that,” said the captain. “We would not have done that ourselves. He could have been seriously injured or even killed.”
There were no reports of injuries following the series of small explosions at 11:45 a.m.