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Crews battle fire at Penelec substation

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A transformer burns at a Penelec substation Sunday morning in Granville Township. The fire burned for several hours before electricity was re-routed and the fire was put out.

LEWISTOWN — Firefighters battled a morning long fire Sunday at a Penelec substation in Granville Township.

According to scanner transmissions, the fire was initially reported at 1:51 a.m. as a transformer fire. Fire crews arrived on scene and found a large unit in the electric substation burning. According to reports, the crews had to wait for representatives from Penelec before the fire could be extinguished on the electrical unit. According to scanner reports, the electric had to be re-routed from the substation to other power grids, which caused a delay in putting the fire out.

The fire burned for several hours before, according to scanner transmissions, fire officials on scene requested additional fire equipment to the substation to help with fire suppression. The chief on scene from Junction Fire Co. called for 10 tankers to supply water to put the fire out. Mifflin County Emergency Director Phil Lucas also called for the Alpha Fire Co., from State College, for use of its special foam trailer, according to scanner transmissions.

Once the power was re-routed crews were quickly able to put the fire out.

Including the Junction Fire Co, fire crews from Brooklyn, Milroy, Newton Wayne, Granville, West Granville, Reedsville, Decatur, McVeytown, Highland Park and Allensville supplied tankers for the water supply to put the fire out. Granville Township Fire Police also responded.

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