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Fire reported at Dededo substation; power out for much of Guam

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - The Guam Fire Department is responding to a fire at the Guam Power Authority's Dededo substation.  GFD Spokesperson Lieutenant Ed Artero says the fire was reported at 10:30 Thursday night.  Dededo residents tell KUAM News they saw a bright blue flash in the sky and heard what sounded like an explosion before they saw flames coming from the substation. 

Artero says it is unclear whether the fire is located inside or outside the plant. He also confirms the fire is contained only on the exterior of the substation.

Guam Power Authority Spokesperson Art Perez tells KUAM that the incident, which has been undetermined at this time, knocked off three base load generators resulting in many homes around the island losing power.  Perez confirms though that the outage is not islandwide and efforts are underway to start up fast load generators to restore power but he could not give a timeframe for restoration of power at this time. 

He says the Dededo substation is not a manned facility in the evenings so it is not likely that any personnel were there at the time of the incident. GFD crews are working to ensure power is completely shut off at the substation before they proceed with extinguishing the blaze.

GFD confirms no one was injured in the incident.

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