Outage for 26,000 in Orange County after fire

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Updated: 7/24/2014 10:41 pm

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — A transformer fire at an Orange County power substation has left more than 26,000 customers without power in Irvine.

County fire Capt. Steve Concialdi (kahn-see-AHL'-dee) says crews arrived at the substation at about 5 p.m. Thursday to find heavy flames and thick smoke pouring out.

He says mineral oil was burning in one of the transformers and threatening nearby equipment.

Some 20 firefighters had fire out in less than an hour but outages had spread to well over 26,000 customers a few hours later.

Southern California Edison says it is quickly working to restore power.

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