Portland firefighters contain transformer fire quickly

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 06, 2013, at 11:30 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Firefighters were able to quickly control a transformer blaze at a busy intersection on Tuesday afternoon.

City Spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said Wednesday morning that firefighters were dispatched to the intersection of Marginal Way and Forest Avenue at 3 p.m. after it was reported some shrubs were on fire.

When firefighters got to the scene, it was discovered a Central Maine Power transformer had blown, Clegg said.

Even though traffic was diverted around the scene for about a half an hour while crews got things under control, Clegg said traffic wasn’t too hectic.

“It was mid-day so not as busy as it would be earlier in the day,” Clegg said. “[The fire] was contained quickly.”

No firefighters or commuters were injured in the fire, Clegg said.

Central Maine Power spokesman John Carroll said 707 customers in the area were without power for about a half hour while crews cleaned the scene up.

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