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Transformer forces shelter to close during frigid night

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The transformer at the Salvation Army Shelter exploded on one of the coldest nights of the year. The transformer at the Salvation Army Shelter exploded on one of the coldest nights of the year.
The outage knocked out heat and their ability to house and cook for hundreds of people Saturday night. The outage knocked out heat and their ability to house and cook for hundreds of people Saturday night.
"There's a great story happening as we speak," Yarmuth announced over a speaker to dozens of U of L students who had gathered at the shelter's gym for a blanket drive. "There's a great story happening as we speak," Yarmuth announced over a speaker to dozens of U of L students who had gathered at the shelter's gym for a blanket drive.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE)- The transformer at the Salvation Army Shelter exploded on one of the coldest nights of the year.

"Witnesses saw the flames and the mushroom cloud," Community Relations Director, David Yarmuth told us.

The outage knocked out heat and their ability to house and cook for hundreds of people Saturday night.

"There would be a line of people," Yarmuth described as we walked around the empty kitchen. "Starting from the outside door here working their way around the back and to the front of the line to get their food," he explained.

The Salvation Army called the Wayside Christian Mission for back up.

"It's just a terrible time for the homeless for this to happen, but we are doing everything we can to get them in and get the in someplace," Mission Chief Operating Officer, Nina Moseley told WAVE 3 News.

It was crowded inside. Extra mats were sent over from the Salvation Army. But to Moseley, more people in the shelter meant less people out in the cold.  

"To even think of trying to survive the whole night outdoors is just unbelievable," she said.

Back at the Salvation Army, single parents and children were allowed to stay.  But there was another crowd there.

"There's a great story happening as we speak," Yarmuth announced over a speaker to dozens of U of L students who had gathered at the shelter's gym for a blanket drive.

Our cameras were there when they found out what the shelter had been going through. They clapped as they heard their blankets were being put to use immediately.

"We knew that they were helping the homeless, but it's like they are going here tonight," Taylor Nicks, a volunteer with Wrap up Louisville said. 

"So it's nice that it's making a difference right now."

Repairs came too late to reopen Saturday night, but Yarmuth said that breakfast would be served Sunday at 6 a.m. 

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