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Power restored after fire at Ga Power substation

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Emergency crews responded to a fire at a Georgia Power substation in Bulloch County overnight that left hundreds without power. The power was fully restored Tuesday afternoon.

The call went out around 3 a.m. Tuesday. Officials say an early morning explosion and subsequent fire at a Georgia Power relay station located at Veterans Memorial and 301 South knocked out power to most of the southern part of the city, including Georgia Southern University. Some Excelsior customers were also believed to have been affected by the outage.  

Statesboro Fire Department crews responded to a woods fire resulting from the explosion at the relay station.

The Statesboro Police Department and Bulloch County Sheriff's Office had officers and deputies tied up at intersections where traffic lights were out.

"I think the response was good, we did not have any accidents associated with this, we did not have to open any shelters, so yea, I think the response was timely and good," said Ted Wynn, Bulloch County Public Safety Director.

The fire was put out quickly and investigators are now trying to determine a cause.

Several hours after the initial call went out, Georgia Power had re-routed and restored power to the bulk of its customers.

SPD officials warned that traffic lights within the city may have been out at various times and locations throughout the day Tuesday. They asked that residents remain patient and drivers use extreme caution when approaching any intersection with an inoperable traffic light and treat it as a four-way stop.

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