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Transformer fire in Pinellas causes thousands to lose power

LARGO — A transformer fire at a Progress Energy substation caused thousands of people to lose power Tuesday night, officials said.

The fire was reported about 8:50 p.m. at 5400 Ulmerton Road. No one was injured.

Officials switched nearby customers to a different transformer, but later had to cut power at about 9:45 p.m. as they dealt with the situation.

About 4,000 people near the area were without power late Tuesday night. Restoration was expected to be completed by midnight, according to Progress Energy officials.

Officials also shut down the road from U.S. 19 to 49th Street.

Several fire departments helped put out the flames on the 115,000-volt transformer, which contained upwards of 200 gallons of a mineral-type oil, according to the Pinellas Park Fire Department.

Transformer fire in Pinellas causes thousands to lose power 04/20/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 10:09am]
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