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Power restored to thousands of We Energies’ customers after fire at substation

MILWAUKEE -- A fire at a substation near 30th and Center in Milwaukee forced We Energies to cut off the power to roughly 17,000 customers Tuesday, May 8.

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As of 7 p.m., a We Energies spokeswoman said power had been restored to all customers impacted.

The fire was apparently sparked by an equipment malfunction. The substation then had to be "de-energized" in order to make it safe for firefighters.

"There was a big boom and upon our arrival, we saw a heavy amount of smoke and that's when we upgraded to a second alarm. The transformer had blew and it was still alive. It had approximately 138,000 voltage going through it," said James Hardy, MFD battalion chief.

We Energies officials are looking into what caused the malfunction and fire.