West Miami-Dade

FPL still doesn’t know cause of West Dade transformer fire

Fire at FPL substation leaves thousands without power

A Florida Power & Light substation in West Miami-Dade caught fire Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured but the blaze led to power outages for thousands and major traffic tie-ups during rush-hour.
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A Florida Power & Light substation in West Miami-Dade caught fire Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured but the blaze led to power outages for thousands and major traffic tie-ups during rush-hour.

FPL doesn’t know what caused Tuesday afternoon’s transformer fire at a West Dade substation, a spokesman said, but the company doesn’t expect any more service interruptions while the substation is being repaired over the next several weeks.

In an e-mail to the Miami Herald, Chris McGrath, an FPL communications specialist, said a mobile substation would be onsite at 6001 NW 70th Ave. by Thursday morning to temporarily handle power to area customers.

The fire sent dark smoke into the already hot and humid afternoon air and burned for around 90 minutes. McGrath said power was restored to 90 percent of the area in under five minutes and to everyone in 3 1/2 hours.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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