No Juice: Thousands Powerless After Substation Fire

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WILLOUGHBY, OH (WOIO) - Thousands of customers were without power Wednesday morning after a substation caught fire late Tuesday evening.

Several people called in saying they heard several explosions in the area around St. Clair Avenue.

According to the power company, it was a mobile substitute transformer on a truck that caught fire.

First Energy reported approximately 11,000 customers were without power.

Willoughby Fire Chief Mel House tells 19 Action News that "there is no environmental impact from the oil or water runoff from this fire." The transformer was able to burn itself out and there was no need for evacuations.

The substation was there to help with the power load, while one of the other transformers was being repaired.

No one was injured.

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