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Power surges on Far South Side frying appliances, residents claim

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Residents of one Chicago neighborhood say there's one thing from ComEd they're getting too much of - power.

They say a series of power surges have blown out appliances costing them thousands of dollars.

Michelle Cureton and her neighbors gathered to voice their frustration over a series of power surges since July which they say are frying their appliances.

"Not just a block. It's a whole area. And there's no way it should be happening like this," Cureton said.

"I lost a TV. I lost a stove. I lost a washer. I lost a microwave," resident Bridget Wilson said.

"I have a brand new flat screen tv. $400 down the drain," resident Secora Johnson said.

"My stove went out. The refrigerator went out. The television went out. It was like a domino effect," Cureton said.

The residents live in the Far South Side Colonial Village neighborhood and they all describe sudden power surges unconnected to bad weather or lightning strikes.

"The house got real bright. And I asked my brother 'did you put some more light bulbs in?' He said no and I said 'look at how bright the kitchen is!' Then I heard something go 'pop and I smelled something burning," Wilson said. "The microwave was sizzling."

They believe the culprit is a transformer in the alley which has been the focus of recent repair work. The transformer down the block appears to be in much better shape.

Cureton says after the first power surge in July her electrician installed a whole-house surge protector. It blew out this week.

When she filed a claim with ComEd for the thousands of dollars she paid to replace her appliances, Cureton says ComEd told her it wasn't their fault and they're not liable.

"I want them to acknowledge it. I want them to take ownership of it. And I want them to help us replace the items that we have lost," Cureton said.

"I need my appliances back and I'm gonna need them to come fix whatever electricity is going on, because next it could be somebody's house catching on fire," Johnson said.

There is some good news for those neighbors. Fox 32 contacted ComEd, which says they've now determined there was a power fluctuation Thursday caused by a faulty transformer and in light of that finding they are going to re-open Cureton's claim for damages that was denied earlier this year and take another look at it.

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