– Power station on fire in Newfoundland caused by cold weather – 190,000 customers lose power (Ice Age Now, Jan 4, 2014):
“Newfoundland in massive blackout after storm wallops Atlantic Canada, says Nationalpost.com.
John MacIsaac of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro said a transformer malfunctioned around 9 a.m. Saturday, causing a fire and initially knocking out power for 190,000 customers, mostly in eastern parts of Newfoundland.
The province had already been grappling with rolling blackouts implemented Thursday evening by the utility as it tried to cope with increased demand because of bitterly cold temperatures. The utility said the rotating outages would continue overnight Saturday and into Sunday.