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Substation fire causes power outage in south Las Vegas

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Flames erupt from a substation near Las Vegas Boulevard and Cactus Avenue on May 8, 2017. (Amancio Avellaneda/Facebook) Flames erupt from a substation near Las Vegas Boulevard and Cactus Avenue on May 8, 2017. (Amancio Avellaneda/Facebook)
A close-up photo shows workers at a NV Energy substation fire on May 8, 2017. (Source: Clark County Fire Department) A close-up photo shows workers at a NV Energy substation fire on May 8, 2017. (Source: Clark County Fire Department)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A fire at an NV Energy substation in the south Las Vegas Valley forced a power outage to thousands Monday morning.

According to Clark County Fire Department, a fire was reported at 5:52 a.m. at a power plant located at Frias Avenue and Giles Street, which is just off South Las Vegas Boulevard. Crews arrived to find large amounts of smoke and flame coming from a transformer.

CCFD said firefighters couldn't act immediately due to the dangers of water and electricity. Workers with the utility company were called to power down the substation.

After the transformer was "de-energized", firefighters went to work on the flames, knocking the fire down at 7:13 a.m. CCFD said some customers were without power due to the incident. 

NV Energy's outage website reported more than 4,200 customers were without power. By about 7:30 a.m. a little more than 900 customers were without power. Power was expected to be fully restored by 8:30 a.m.

Nearby South Point hotel-casino was also impacted by the outage. 

There were no injuries from the fire, and the cause was under investigation.

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