Utility working on repairs after electric substation fire

By The Associated Press

Crews are working to restore electricity hours after a fire in a north Philadelphia utility substation.

Philadelphia firefighters walk past a blaze at the PECO electrical substation in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Philadelphia. Tens of thousands of electric customers were reported to be without power as fire crews battled a blaze at a north Philadelphia utility substation. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Crews are working to restore electricity hours after a fire in a north Philadelphia utility substation.

PECO says 5,455 homes and businesses are still without power Wednesday morning.

The blaze was reported at the substation shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday and it knocked out service to more than 35,000 customers.

No injuries were reported.

The Philadelphia High School for Girls and E.W. Rhodes Middle School are closed because of the substation fire.

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