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Power restored after $1.5 million transformer fire in Pinellas Park

PINELLAS PARK — Progress Energy restored power to about 4,400 customers Tuesday night after a substation transformer caught fire, a spokeswoman said.

The fire started about 8:50 p.m. at 5400 Ulmerton Road, causing $1.5 million in damage and forcing firefighters to close the road from U.S. 19 to 49th Street, officials said.

Firefighters from several agencies rushed to douse a fiery 115,000-volt transformer containing up to 8,800 gallons of a mineral-type oil, said Lt. Gary Berkheimer, Pinellas Park Fire Department spokesman.

Progress Energy cut power about 9:45 p.m., said spokeswoman Suzanne Grant. She said power was restored within an hour.

Westbound Ulmerton reopened at 10:45 p.m., and the eastbound lanes opened sometime overnight, Berkheimer said.

No further information about the cause of the fire was available.

The investigation continues.

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Power restored after $1.5 million transformer fire in Pinellas Park 04/21/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 11:40am]
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