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Re: Transformer takes out datacenter (Reno, NV)?

  • From: Sean Donelan
  • Date: Wed Jul 30 08:28:14 2003

Explosion rocks Reno office building

By Elaine Goodman, Carla Roccapriore and Marilyn Newton
7/29/2003 09:19 pm

   Liz Margerum/Liz Margerum
Firefighters put water on 200 South Virginia St. after a transformer
explosion Tuesday in downtown Reno.

A transformer explosion Tuesday on the side of the Wells Fargo office
building in downtown Reno sent flaming oil through the streets, slightly
burning a woman and forcing the evacuation of more than 200 workers,
officials said.

Reno city spokesman Steve Frady said many workers had left for the day
before the explosion.

Crews were investigating what caused the transformer at 200 S. Virginia
St. to explode shortly after 4 p.m. The ensuing fire sent up a smoke plume
visible for miles and charred the outside of the eight-story building.

The oil used as a coolant for the transformer caught fire and sent flames
down Virginia Street toward Court Street, fire officials said.

Chris Christiansen said she was walking near the transformer when it
exploded, burning her face and neck.