Possible Explosion Leaves 17,000 Houstonians in the Dark

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HOUSTON (AP) - Fire broke out Thursday at an electrical substation in Houston after what some witnesses say was an explosion.

Flames could be seen coming from the transformer facility along the Southwest Freeway.

No injuries were reported.

CenterPoint Energy officials report as many as 17,000 customers have lost electricity.

CenterPoint spokeswoman Alicia Dixon says remote switching is being done to try to return power to customers.

The cause of the blaze is sought.

Temperatures were in the mid-to-upper 70s today -- with fair conditions -- at the time the fire broke out.