Pole fire triggered big Dayton-area power outage

UPDATE @ 8:30 p.m.: The massive power outage that affected more than 9,200 Dayton Power & Light customers in Montgomery County is over and service is being restored, said Rob Beeler, customer business manager with the utility.

He said the cause of the outage has been pinpointed to a pole fire that spread to a transmission line, which zapped power to a substation. The source of the fire is under investigation, he said.

UPDATE @ 8:19 p.m.: The Wright State University Nutter Center is one of the many buildings and structures affected by the massive power outage. Seth Bauguess, a university spokesman, said a monster truck show was in progress when the facility was thrown into darkness.

News Center 7’s Layron Livingston said Fairborn police are blocking Kaufman Avenue Wright State Route.

DP&L is now reporting more than 9,200 customers are without power in Montgomery County, and two in Greene.

UPDATE @ 7:59 p.m.: Dayton Power & Light is now reporting 3,555 outages in Montgomery and two in Greene. Still no word on a probable cause.

Callers in Huber Heights from Fountainhead Avenue, Mill Road and Forest Ridge Boulevard are reporting that they are without electric service.


Reports of widespread power outages have thrown several areas into the dark.

In Fairborn, we’re hearing though police dispatch communication that the Wright State University campus, including the Nutter Center, is in the dark.

Fairborn police are checking for possible issues with transformers in the area.

In Huber Heights, callers are reporting that power is out in a large area along State Route 201 and in the area of Kitridge Road.

In Riverside, callers are saying power is out at Valley Street Bingo and along State Route 4.

An official with Dayton Power & Light said officials there are trying to pin down the cause and extent of the outage.

Reports about the outages began just after 7:30 p.m.