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Power restored at South Side school after transformer shutdown

Updated: August 28, 2013 12:52AM



Blown fuses left a South Side Grand Boulevard neighborhood elementary school without power late Tuesday morning, prompting a brief evacuation, followed by the busing of students to other facilities.

Mollison Elementary, at 4415 S. King, had a power outage caused by blown fuses that shut down a transformer about 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to Commonwealth Edison spokeswoman Ashley Dennison.

ComEd crews had restored power to the school as of Tuesday evening and were still looking into what caused the blown fuses, Dennison said.

“There was no fire and no explosion, but about 600 students were evacuated” as a precaution, she said just after noon. “All are safe and sound,” she said.

The outage came on the second day of school for CPS students, which was also one of the hottest days of the summer, with temperatures expected to hit 95, and the temperature already 91 by noon.

Restoring power to the building will take six to eight hours from the time of occurrence, Dennison said, so CPS was busing the Mollison students to other facilities.

The transformer is outside the building and “no students were nearby when the incident occurred” and no construction was taking place in the area, CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll said.

Students were transported to King High School at 4445 S. Drexel via school buses to have lunch and be in a “safer and more comfortable environment with their teachers,” CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll said.

She said parents had been notified of the situation via emal and robo-call, and that all students would be bused back to Mollison in time for the school’s 3:45 p.m. dismissal, when parents can pick them up.



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