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Transformer Explosions, Business Fires Keep Area Firefighters Busy

Posted April 6, 2005 11:09 a.m. EDT

— Firefighters in three counties in the region -- Wake, Durham and Cumberland -- had a hectic Wednesday morning.

Four underground transformers exploded in downtown Fayetteville overnight. The blasts broke windows on several buildings and blew manhole covers into the air.

The explosions happened on Person Street just after midnight. A fire also started in the wall of a building.

Power crews are trying to figure out what caused the problems. In Garner, there is no word yet what started a fire, which was at an asphalt contracting company.

Several crews responded to the fire around 1 a.m. and at one point investigators shut down a section of East Garner Road.

In Durham, investigators spent the night trying to figure out what started a fire at a business.

An auto parts store nearly burned to the ground. It's near the intersection of Mineral Springs Road and South Miami Blvd. At one point, firefighters say flames shot through the roof. The fire eventually burned itself out.