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Transformer fire at MLGW substation causing large power outage, nearby school delays opening

Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 4:57 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 5, 2021 at 6:47 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A transformer fire at a Memphis Light Gas and Water (MLGW) substation is causing a major power outage in the Raleigh area.

Memphis Fire Department rushed to the scene to battle the fire and have reported no injuries. The fire happened near Yale Road and Scheibler, not far from Covington Pike and could be seen for miles. MLGW says an animal caused the equipment failure.

A viewer shared a picture of the flames from the Medical District.

Transformer fire in Raleigh
Transformer fire in Raleigh(Action News 5-Viewer Photo)

Though the flames are settled, there are more than 18,000 MLGW customers without power. MLGW estimates power won’t be restored in area until 8 a.m.

As a result of the power outage, Granville T. Woods Academy of Innovation says it will delay opening until 9 a.m.

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