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Power restored after transformer substation fire

Posted July 25, 2010 10:55 p.m. EDT
Updated July 26, 2010 11:26 a.m. EDT

— An electrical fire at a transformer substation knocked out power Sunday night to more than 8,000 people in Wake County. Power was restored by Monday morning.

The outages began just after 9 p.m. when the substation at 2602 Rolesville Road near Wendell caught fire. Witnesses told WRAL News that they heard a pop and saw a lightning strike before the blaze. The fire was extinguished by 11 p.m.

Progress Energy officials said customers were without power throughout Wendell, Rolesville and Knightdale. Power was rerouted around the substation to bring customers back online, officials said.

The Raleigh-based utility set up a mobile transformer at the site Monday to supply power to the area while crews work to repair the substation.

The exact cause of the substation fire remains under investigation.