Transformer Explodes, Sparks Fire at NJ Utility Switching Station - NBC New York

Transformer Explodes, Sparks Fire at NJ Utility Switching Station



    Fire Burns at PSE&G Station

    A three-alarm fire is burning at a utility switching station in New Jersey. This is raw Chopper 4 video from above the scene. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014)

    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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