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May 19, 2014

Transformer fire causes power outages in Haverhill

HAVERHILL – After a transformer caught fire on Broadway last night, 2,900 National Grid customers were briefly left without power.

According to National Grid spokesperson Jake Navarro, the fire impacted "at least one substation" in town, leading to the large number of outages. Navarro said National Grid is still looking into the cause of the fire.

The fire started around 9:15 p.m. Shortly after 10 p.m., the majority of the buildings affected by the outage were back online. Navarro said National Grid workers had an easy time restoring power to most homes, but the 51 that still remained without electricity at 10:30 p.m. would take some extra work.

"They have options in terms of switching people to other circuits," he said.

Power was expected to be fully restored by 11:30 p.m. Haverhill firefighters responded to the fire, which took place near the intersection of Broadway and Marina Drive.

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