Transformer at substation explodes and catches fire in Waldwick, New Jersey, USA
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Just under 2,000 people in northern and central Bergen County were without power after an explosion at a PSE&G substation in Waldwick on Sunday morning, according to the utility.
Several area fire departments and mutual aid units were dispatched to the scene of the PSE&G substation at Hopper Avenue at about 10:40 a.m.
Authorities evacuated residents on Bohnert Place following the explosion, and several families are now staying at the borough ambulance core building, said Waldwick Mayor Tom Giordano, who is also president of the fire department.
Giordano said that the Garfield fire department was dosing the fire with foam and officials expected it to be extinguished within several hours.
There were areas in Westwood, Hillsdale and Woodcliff Lake without power, said Karen Vossen, a PSE&G spokeswoman. She said electricity was expected to be restored to them from sometime between 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
There were no injuries, according to the mayor, and he said the fumes from the fire do not pose any danger to nearby residents.
Waldwick police declined to comment.
The incident is under investigation, Vossen added.
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