Substation fire causes major power outage, could last more than 24 hours; bypass back open

A fire at a North Arkansas Electric Cooperative substation in southern Mountain Home early Friday morning has caused a major power outage that at one time knocked out power to all of the city. The outage could last more than 24 hours for NAEC customers. As of 5:40, the outage is affecting nearly 1,200 customers of NAEC while Entergy has restored power to all customers in Baxter County.  At one time, the Sheid Hopper Bypass was shutdown but it has been reopened.

Mel Coleman, CEO of North Arkansas Electric, has this update on what happened.

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Coleman says it’s not a typical fire where the fire department can just rush in and put water on it.

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Again, Coleman says this could be an extended power outage that could last for more than 24 hours. The Sheid-Hopper Bypass in southern Mountain Home was shutdown but has been reopened.

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