Transformer Explodes, Sparks Fire at NJ Utility Switching Station

Thursday, Jan 9, 2014  |  Updated 9:30 AM EDT
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A three-alarm fire is burning at a utility switching station in New Jersey. This is raw Chopper 4 video from above the scene.

NBC 4 New York

A three-alarm fire is burning at a utility switching station in New Jersey. This is raw Chopper 4 video from above the scene.

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A transformer explosion at a New Jersey utility switching station has sparked a fiery blaze that's expected to rage for some time, authorities say.

PSE&G officials say a transformer exploded at the switching station off Route 202 in Branchburg at about 5 p.m. The transformers at the station are filled with a type of oil that will burn for awhile.

The oil is not reported to be toxic, PSE&G officials say.

The company has called in a firefighting apparatus that will cover the fire with a type of foam that should extinguish the flames.

The fire is isolated and poses no threat to the rest of the station or to neighbors, PSE&G says. 

Northbound Route 202 was closed for about a mile near Old York Road as firefighters responded.

There have been no reported injuries. No outages have been reported.

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