Fire out at Gueydan power plant following lightning strike; Town under curfew tonight.

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Posted at 8:33 PM, May 17, 2021

The town of Gueydan is under a curfew tonight from 10:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. following a fire at the power plant.

We're told the fire is now out.

Police tell KATC that lightning blew a transformer around 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 17.

Video from the scene shows a power line sparking up before the camera pans to show an orange glow and a billow of smoke in the distance.

The fire was put out within two minutes, officials say. No one was injured.

Mayor Jude Reese said the power could be out until tomorrow morning or late afternoon; he tells us the entire down is in the dark tonight. He asks residents to be patient, and that crews are on their way to restore power.

Reese said while there's major damage in the town, no injuries have been reported.

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