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More than 94,000 left without power after CFE substation fire

Morelia, Michoacán — On Tuesday night, a blaze inside the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) of Morelia left thousands without power. The large fire was reported in the Morelia Norte substation in Michoacán due to the explosion of a power transformer.

According to CFE, 94,287 people were left without electricity. Firemen were able to put out the Morelia Norte substation fire, while CFE personnel worked on restoring power in the Tres Marías, Santiaguito, Tarímbaro and Cuitzeo substations which were also affected, causing the power cuts.

In a statement, CFE said the fire was reported at 9:00 p.m. It was extinguished around 10:00 p.m. and power restored to users around 11:00 p.m.

Civil Protection of Michoacán reported the successful extinguishing of the fire and added that there were no reports of damage to nearby homes or injured people despite the evacuation of some houses.

On Sunday morning, a CFE substation fire in Cancun also left residents without power. The federal company did not provide details as to how many people were affected during the 2:00 a.m. outage, only that an electrical overload was the reason for the fire.