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June 1, 1987 | By KURT HEINE, Daily News Staff Writer
About 200 people were evacuated this morning from Penn Towers, formerly the University City Hilton, when insulation from a 13,500-volt power line overheated and melted in the basement of the 21-story hotel at 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard. There were no injuries, and initial fears that the overheating and melting might trigger a release of cancer-causing PCB chemicals were unfounded, officials said. "There were some wet liquids on the floor, and we reported it as a PCB possibility," said Jim Miller, safety manager for the University of Pennsylvania.
NEWS
June 26, 2016
A transformer fire Thursday caused a power outage in Superior Court in Camden, forcing the courthouse to close, officials said. The fire started about 7:30 a.m. Thursday. PSE&G crews repaired the damage around 1 p.m. Friday, when the building was closed again, a Camden County spokesman said. No other buildings were affected. The courthouse will reopen 8:30 a.m. Monday on its regular schedule. Court officials said some cancelled hearings will be rescheduled during the next two weeks.
NEWS
March 11, 1994 | By Lynnette Khalfani, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A transformer that caught on fire at an electrical substation here can't be salvaged to continue providing service to the region's 25,000 customers, a Public Service Electric & Gas official said yesterday. "We do know that the transformer has been damaged to the point where it needs to be replaced," said Tim McGuire, a PSE&G maintenance manager. "We don't know whether it can be . . . salvaged for some other use. " The transformer, one of four at a substation on Route 73 in Marlton, was set ablaze Tuesday night after a raccoon made its way onto some electrical equipment.
NEWS
October 30, 1986 | By Ruth Tallmadge, Special to The Inquirer
Philadelphia Electric Co. has purchased 7 1/2 miles of railroad for the sole purpose of transporting a massive transformer to a substation in Upper Merion Township in an emergency. The only other way of moving such a transformer, which is larger than a locomotive, would have entailed closing a four-lane highway, a PE spokesman said. The railroad runs through the Great Valley, roughly parallel to Route 202 for most of its length. PE paid Conrail $600,000 for the single-track, Chester Valley branch of the former Reading Railroad, according to Don Freeman, manager of the utility's real estate department.
NEWS
September 20, 1987 | By Barbara McCabe, Special to The Inquirer
George Bartosh's family has lived next to a meadow on Bear Hill Road (Route 252) in Tredyffrin Township since the 1920s, but the Philadelphia Electric Co., which purchased the property shortly afterward and let it remain vacant for 60 years, now has decided to put a transformer station there. Bartosh is upset, and when the township's Planning Commission reviewed the plan at a meeting Thursday night, he let them know how he felt about it. "There's going to be substantial property damage," said Bartosh, who is worried about possible water runoff.
NEWS
January 29, 1994 | By Larry Fish, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writer Richard Jones contributed to this article
SEPTA's regional rail system, which had operated mostly intact during the recent bad weather, was plagued by electrical problems that cut deeply into its rush-hour service yesterday. The commuter rail lines, used by about 35,000 riders each weekday, operated sporadically after late morning, when an electrical transformer at 30th Street Station failed. By 5 p.m., as the workweek was ending, SEPTA was able to run only about half of its usual number of rush-hour trains. James Palmer, SEPTA assistant general manager, said SEPTA was running on an ad hoc schedule as it got trains with crews aboard in position to operate.
NEWS
October 16, 2000 | By Mark Stroh, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A transformer at a Peco Energy Co. substation on Barbadoes Island in West Norriton caught fire last night, sending up massive billows of smoke that were seen for miles. Although several fire companies were on the scene, authorities let the blaze burn itself out. They feared that if water or foam was poured on the transformer, it would overflow and spill hazardous chemicals into the Schuylkill, said John Dergstrasser, chief of the Jefferson Fire Company. Dergstrasser said the fire was caused by a failure in the internal operations of the transformer, which contains 18,000 gallons of oil. "It's the first time we've ever seen something of that magnitude with flames 30, 40 feet in the air," he said.
NEWS
October 17, 2000 | By Patricio G. Balona, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Peco Energy Co. has not determined what caused a fiery explosion that completely gutted one of its transformers Sunday night on Barbadoes Island in the Schuylkill, a spokesman said. "It may be a couple of months before we find out what caused the explosion," Michael Wood, Peco's corporate communications manager, said yesterday. It is suspected that the failure of electrical equipment inside the transformer may have ignited the 18,000 gallons of oil it contained, Wood said.
NEWS
August 15, 1996 | By Christine Bahls, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Three men, two of them veteran pilots, escaped uninjured from a plane crash yesterday morning after their twin-engine Cessna inexplicably veered off course, clipping a chain-link fence and knocking out a 30,000-volt transformer before coming to rest a short distance from a business. "It just veered to the left uncontrollably," said David Koch, the chief pilot for Basco Flying Service, who was sharing the controls. "We were in a fairly clear area; it was a controlled crash. " Borough Manager Robert C. Jones said the manager of the Pottstown Airport, Jerry Basco, owner of Basco Flying Service; Koch and a passenger were just taking off when the plane went out of control.
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September 12, 2016 | By Jill Schensul, THE (HACKENSACK) RECORD
At Martin's Patershof in Mechelen, Belgium, the hotel owners don't roll out the welcome mat for you. No, when you arrive, you will find spread out at your feet a projection of a long stained-glass window. It's a harbinger of surprises to come when you stay at this boutique hotel - transformed from a Franciscan monastery dating to 1867. The stained-glass projection, it turns out, is of one of the few original windows that have been preserved but that can no longer be seen in the hotel, which had to be renovated and repurposed under the extremely strict preservation guidelines of the Belgian government.
NEWS
August 24, 2016
WINCHESTER, Va. - Political arguments are rarely gentle or polite anymore, so it was a gift to see two Republicans who passionately disagree about what Donald Trump means for our nation hash out their differences with grace. Their exchange helps explain the mess Trump has made of his campaign. One clear indicator: Trump has handed Hillary Clinton a substantial lead in this former bulwark of conservatism. He is thus speeding along a process by which Virginia, a state that voted for Republicans in every election from 1968 to 2004, finds itself on the verge of becoming reliably Democratic in presidential contests.
TRAVEL
August 21, 2016
We often receive emails from readers with specific travel questions. Here, we'll answer a few: Dear Larissa and Michael: I read your travel tip where you suggest leaving multiple travel adapters at home and only take the adapter needed. I have a question specific to electronics like iPhones, iPads, and the like. With many countries using 240 volts and not 110, what do you pack so you don't ruin your electronics? I currently carry a transformer along with the required adapter, but the transformer is rather heavy.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2016 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Staff Writer
Lutheran Pastor Violet Little held her cup up, as part of the Mass, to her congregants on the streets. Little's outdoor ministry at Logan Square is attended by the homeless and society's neglected. The twice-a-month church service is followed by coffee hour in the park, hosted by visiting congregations. She left behind her traditional congregation of 14 years to create this "church without walls," also called the Welcome Church. Retiring from her old congregation to found the new one "happened because of everything in my life leading up to it," says Little, 64. "It was exactly the right time.
NEWS
July 12, 2016 | By Andy Carter
  We are hearing quite a bit about the transformation of health care, but what does that really mean? If you are Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, it is the complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act. If you are the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton, it is modifying the existing platform. Regardless of the interpretation, we are a long way from implementation of any significant policy shifts. We simply shouldn't delay tackling the challenges right in front of us while the presidential campaign drags on and a new administration sets up shop.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
M ark Stettler 's Camden roots go deep. As a kid he lived in Cramer Hill, playing at the fire-prone Harrison Avenue Landfill, near the ex-boatyard where his great-grandfather Rickenbach built tugs, barges, and yachts. Now, he works rebuilding Camden: Stettler is vice president at T&M Associates , consulting engineers to the sprawling, taxpayer-backed Holtec International , Subaru , Camden County , and South Jersey Port Corp. projects transforming the waterfront and downtown of the Philadelphia region's long-depressed second city.
NEWS
June 29, 2016
Firefighters in Lower Merion Township were investigating a portable transformer that caught fire Monday night and leaked possibly hazardous fluid near a creek, authorities said. The fire was reported just before 6:50 p.m. at the Green Hill Condominium complex in the 1000 block of City Avenue. PECO had brought in a portable generator and transformer while the utility conducted planned maintenance and the transformer malfunctioned, causing it to smoke and leak fluid, authorities said. The incident left several hundred residents at the complex without power.
NEWS
June 26, 2016
A transformer fire Thursday caused a power outage in Superior Court in Camden, forcing the courthouse to close, officials said. The fire started about 7:30 a.m. Thursday. PSE&G crews repaired the damage around 1 p.m. Friday, when the building was closed again, a Camden County spokesman said. No other buildings were affected. The courthouse will reopen 8:30 a.m. Monday on its regular schedule. Court officials said some cancelled hearings will be rescheduled during the next two weeks.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Building contractor Angelo Perryman's summer project gives new meaning to the term "fast-track construction. " That's because his company, Perryman Building and Construction Services Inc., has less than six weeks to turn the entire Wells Fargo Center and its parking lots into what amounts to a pop-up city for 50,000, including the 6,000 delegates and 15,000 journalists, at the Democratic National Convention starting July 25. As part of the...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2016 | By Nicole Juday, For The Inquirer
Kit Byrne cuts across Rittenhouse Square's six-acre park every morning as she walks to her job at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. For the last few months, she has looked for signs of progress on her way home. "It reminds me of a painting being created," said Byrne, of Fitler Square. "First the canvas is prepared, then the layers start to accumulate, and you can begin to see what the final idea will be. " In this case, the final idea is a landscape rejuvenation, the last phase of a $1.5 million restoration of the park that also included new irrigation, a fence and fountain renovation, new sidewalks, and the repair or replacement of more than 300 stone balusters.
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