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Fire at power substation in Richmond suppressed

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. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Keven Drews

A fire at a power substation in Richmond, located at Number 4 Road and Van Horne Way, has now been suppressed.

Calls came in to the fire department at about 5:40 a.m. and when crews arrived at the substation, flames were shooting 10 to 15 feet into the air.

Until about 9:30 a.m., firefighters were unable to attack the fire and had to let it burn off. BC Hydro crews were also on scene and had to shut down the substation.

There were no employees on site at the time and no one was injured.

It is not clear what sparked the blaze, but Richmond RCMP were concerned about air quality in the area.

There are no hotspots, but the cooling oil in the substation is still at a high temperature, so crews will stay on scene until it cools down.

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BC Hydro says only one customer’s power was impacted and there were no additional power outages.

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