Thousands in the dark following CenterPoint Energy substation fire


The darkness that enveloped a large chunk of northwest Harris County Tuesday night was the result of a fire at a CenterPoint substation in the 12300 block of Kluge Road.

According to Center Point,  they have now restored power to more than two-thirds of the customers impacted by the fire.

Crews will be working through the night and into the morning to repair  facilities and restore power to the remaining customers.

Officials say some of those customers may not be restored until tomorrow due to the damage from the fire.

Explosions could be heard soon after the Cy-Creek Fire Department and EMS arrived on the scene.

 Large Plumes of smoke could be seen for miles.

That resulted in a shelter in place order for some nearby residents.

They were told of they could see smoke in their neighborhood to stay indoors.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The biggest headache the blaze caused was widespread power outages.

At around 7pm last night CenterPoint was reporting 75 thousand customers had no power.

In a tweet CenterPoint said customers without power should prepare to be in the dark for 10 to 12 hours.

No one has been ordered to evacuate from their northwest Harris County homes following a CenterPoint Energy substation fire, but a shelter-in-place order is in effect. Residents are allowed to use their air conditioning systems but are encouraged to turn them off if they notice any foul odors.
The substation fire was reported on Kluge Road near Grant Road at around 5 p.m. Tuesday. A CenterPoint Energy spokeswoman initially told FOX 26 News that no injuries were reported as a result of the fire and that none of its customers were forced to deal with any service outages. In a statement released after 7 p.m., the spokeswoman said that approximately 75,000 customers lost power due to the fire.
Cypress Creek firefighters and EMS arrived to find a large plume of smoke at the burning substation.


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