Power cut temporarily for 6,500 in Sterling Heights

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Some 6,500 customers are without power Sunday afternoon in the Sterling Heights area, a spokeswoman for DTE Energy confirmed.

Trouble started at about 12:55 p.m. at a DTE Energy substation at 19 Mile and Van Dyke, said Randi Berris. A transformer at the substation failed. How exactly that happened is not yet known, but it did cause a small fire, which has since been extinguished.

Now that the fire is out, crews are back inside and assessing damage. There is no timetable yet for when the damage will be repaired, but Berris said DTE is trying to find a way to restore power for affected customers as repairs are made.