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Power restored after underground fire in downtown Gainesville

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Updated: 5/17/2013 1:48 am
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Utility crews have finished restoring power to Gainesville after an underground transformer fire that took out power in a six-block area.

The fire broke out before 9:30 p.m. Thursday at a transformer at 100 NW 1st St.

A Gainesville Fire Rescue spokesman says when firefighters arrived on scene they saw smoke coming from the manhole cover. The fire caused a power outage for about six blocks from the intersection of Main Street and University Avenue. People were asked to evacuate the area.

Gainesville Regional Utilities restored the power a short time later. GRU is investigating the cause of the transformer malfunction.

No injuries were reported.
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