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Fire causes power outages in Cumberland, Hoke counties

Posted May 24, 2012

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— Thousands of people in Hoke and Cumberland counties were without power for about four hours Thursday morning after a substation caught fire near Raeford, officials with Progress Energy said. 

Power for all Progress Energy and Lumbee River Electric Company customers was restored around 7 a.m. 

According to a Progress Energy spokeswoman, the substation fire in Raeford also knocked out another substation in Hoke County. It was unclear how many total customers lost power, but about 4,300 Progress Energy customers were impacted. 

Fayetteville police said schools in Cumberland County were not expected to be closed because of the outages.

No other details have been released.

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