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Transformer fires knock out power to thousands in several Allegheny County communities

ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. — Transformer fires and failed power lines knocked out power to thousands of people across several communities in Allegheny County.

Outages began being reported about 11 p.m. Tuesday. Work to restore power continues Wednesday, with Duquesne Light estimating full restoration by noon.

“Due to the high temperatures, we experienced some equipment issues overnight that resulted in multiple power outages, particularly in the eastern portion of Allegheny County,” a statement from Duquesne Light said.

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Duquesne Light reported nearly 4,000 customers without power at one point. Most of them have been in the Edgewood, Monroeville, Penn Hills, Swissvale and Wilkinsburg areas.

A ball of fire was seen in Swissvale when one transformer blew at Westmoreland and Columbia avenues. Another transformer blew in Edgewood in the area of Maple Avenue.

In Monroeville, a high-tension power line failed shortly after 11 p.m. in the area of James Street, the Monroeville Volunteer Fire Department Company 1 posted on Facebook.