Bertie County Officials: Power restored after fire at Windsor substation

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Everything is back to normal in Bertie County after people were without power for 10 hours. 

Roanoke Electric said the fire broke out Tuesday around 11 a.m. at the substation in Windsor affecting more than 2,500 people. 

Bertie County public schools were also affected by the outage. 

The school district released all students and staff at 12:30 pm. 

“We immediately had the problem of no lights but no air conditioning and as hot as it was you can imagine everyone noticed that fairly quickly,” said Glen Buck, Executive Director of Operations and Human Resources.

People went to the convention center where a cooling station had been set up for relief and the Bertie County high school gym. 


Roanoke Electric has restored the power for the Bertie County area, officials said.

“We greatly appreciate the dedication from the first responders that responded to the fire,” Bertie County officials said. We also appreciate the coordination with REA that allowed for an immediate response to start repairs and help with the cooling shelter for the affected citizens by this outage.”


Roanoke Electric Cooperative has reported that a fire at the Windsor substation caused a power outage in the Bertie County area.

Officials said crews are on site assessing the damage and the anticipated restoration time is unknown.

The Bertie County Government said the fire was reported near Republican and Governors roads.

The outage is impacting 2,000 customers including Bertie High School and Bertie Middle School, officials said.

According to Bertie County officials, the power is expected to last until midnight.

Bertie County and Roanoke Electric have coordinated to open a cooler shelter at the Cashie Convention Center at 118 County Farm Road.

REA will have liaisons on site to assist with updates on power outage restoration.

If you have an emergency call 911 or if any special needs residents need assistance contact the non-emergency transport line 252-794-5334.


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