Power restored to thousands following fire at BTU substation

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX)- 2:00 p.m. update - BTU systems indicate all power has been restored.

If there are instances of a customer still without power, at this point they do need to call in that outage to 979-822-3777.

The cause of the breaker fire has not as yet been determined.
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1:30 p.m. update - Here's the latest information from BTU and the City of Bryan:

A breaker at the BTU Nall Lane substation is on fire. The Bryan Fire Department and BTU personnel are on scene. The fire was reported to 911 at 12:23 p.m. There were no injuries and no one was at the substation when the fire started. The cause of the breaker fire has not as yet been determined.

BTU customers who have lost power do not have to call in the outage since the BTU SmartMeters will automatically transmit the outage data to BTU.

BTU crews are working now to restore power from other feeders.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area of the substation which is located near the intersection of East Villa Maria and WJBryan Parkway.
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12:57 p.m. update- BTU says the cause of the outage is due to a fire at the Nall substation. The fire department is on scene, but the cause of the fire is unknown. The duration of the outage is also unknown at this time.
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Crews from BTU are responding to a power outage that happened just after noon on Sunday.

According to a message on BTU's Twitter account, the outage is near William J Bryan Parkway and W. Villa Maria Road, and is affecting nearly 2,000 customers.

BTU's outage map shows the number of customers affected is more than 6,000.

Click here to see the BTU outage map.

BTU says a cause of the outage isn't known at this time, but witnesses tell KBTX they saw sparks, fire, and smoke coming from an electrical substation located on William J Bryan Parkway.

No injuries have been reported.

The following message has been sent from Bryan police:

A major transformer caught fire and has been extinguished. A large portion on the east side of Bryan is out of power. We want to caution motorist as many traffic lights are not functioning. If you approach a non-functioning traffic light it is to be treated like a 4-way stop sign. It is unclear how long they will be out of service.