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Electrical transformer catches on fire at Escondido SDG&E substation

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ESCONDIDO (CNS) - An electrical transformer burst into flames at a San Diego Gas & Electric substation in Escondido Wednesday, prompting authorities to tell people in the area to stay inside.

The fire in the 500 block of Enterprise Street in Escondido was reported shortly after noon, Escondido police Lt. Craig Carter. About an hour later, city officials used a reverse 911 system to notify residents within a mile of the fire to stay inside, he said.

About 15,000 gallons of mineral oil used to cool the transformer was burning in a 20-by-20-foot area, and fire crews decided against actively fighting it. They were letting it burn itself out, but it was unclear how long the oil would burn, he said.

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