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Power company transformer catches fire in Phoenix area, fills sky with smoke


PHOENIX — A fire to a power company’s transformer turned part of the metro Phoenix skies dark and smoky early Wednesday morning.

The blaze at the Salt River Project facility at 119th Avenue and Broadway Road created a flames and a large plume of black smoke settled over part of Avondale and drifted eastward.



No was injured and power to customers wasn’t affected.

A transformer filled with mineral oil caught fire around 5 a.m., said a company spokesman.

The oil keeps the transformer cool.

“The smoke from the fire is not toxic or harmful,” Scott Harrelson said.

About a dozen fire units were dispatched to the scene.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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