PICKENS COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Duke Energy officials said power has been restored to their customers who were without power Thursday due to a transformer fire at one of their substations.

According to Duke Energy officials, approximately 4,200 Duke Energy customers were without power after the fire caused downstream outages throughout the county.

“We are looking at options to route power to other circuits and bring as many customer back up as we can while we address the one substation. The current estimated time of restoration for all customer is by 5:45 p.m.,” according to Duke Energy officials.

Our 7 News crew at the scene was told there were three substations down and that two of those substations pulled their power from the third substation, which had the initial problem.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office told us earlier that there were approximately 6,000 people without power.

The Law Enforcement Center was briefly without power, but was supported by generators.

The power reportedly came back on at the LEC earlier Thursday afternoon.

At around 3:30 p.m., Duke Energy officials confirmed that power was restored to all of their customers.

No major accidents were reported from the outages.

Officials with the School District of Pickens County said some of their schools were dismissed early Thursday due to the outage.

According to a news release, the power outage has impacted the following schools:

  • Pickens High
  • Pickens Middle
  • Pickens Elementary
  • Hagood Elementary
  • Ambler Elementary
  • Project GO

The impacted elementary schools dismissed at 2 p.m. and middle and high schools impacted dismissed at 2:45 p.m.

According to the release, all after school activities were cancelled for the day.

“Because Dacusville Elementary and Dacusville Middle run with the Pickens High School bus routes, we have dismissed Dacusville schools early as well,” John Eby said. “After school activities for schools with early dismissal have been cancelled.”

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Inc. posted on their Facebook page that they had outages impacting Pickens and North Pickens substations.


“Transmission to those substations is down. Updates will be posted as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience,” according to the post.

Click here to see the outage map.