Kristin Hohman


Lorain County Community College’s main campus was closed due to a power outage on April 7.

A Current Transformer (CT) unit on the LCCC substation failed at about 8:30 a.m., according to a statement from the college. When the unit failed, a wire separated from it, which then caused an electrical arc, leading to the loss of power across campus.

A small fire from the electrical arc was contained on the unit but eventually went out by itself, according to LCCC’s statement.

The Elyria Fire Department arrived on the scene, but no action was necessary and they left a short time later.

According to the statement from the college, no other damage was reported other than the CT failure. It is unclear what lead to the failure.

Ohio Edison located a replacement CT unit in Bedford, OH on April 7. Electricians and Ohio Edison crews then came out to make the necessary repairs.

LCCC’s Physical Plant employees spent the next two days bringing the buildings on campus back onto the power grid, according to the statement.

All classes were canceled at the main campus. LCCC sent out official email and text notifications to alert students of the cancellations. Regular campus activities resumed on April 8. No other LCCC campuses were affected.