Transformer Explosion

ELLICOTT – The Falconer Fire Department quickly responded to a report of a large explosion and fire at the corner of Allen Street Extension and South Dow Street in the town of Ellicott Monday evening.

Upon arrival fire officials found a side of the Rand Machine Products building on fire.

“A transformer exploded on the side of the building,” Falconer Fire Chief Chris Doverspike said. “We’re not sure what caused it yet.”

Within minutes the fire, contained to the outside of the building, was extinguished.

A nearby resident said he heard two large explosions around 9:15 p.m. that sounded like a shotgun and then the lights in his home flickered momentarily. No sustained power outages or injuries were reported as a result of the transformer explosion.

Kennedy firefighters assisted at the scene of the fire.