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Fire at FirstEnergy Cleveland substation causes thousands to lose power

As many as 6,000 FirstEnergy customers were without power in Greater Cleveland at one point on Friday evening.

CLEVELAND — Around 6,000 FirstEnergy customers were without power at one point on Friday evening due to a fire at a substation on Cleveland's east side.

According to a FirstEnergy spokesperson, the fire happened at the substation on East 55th Street. Crews from the Cleveland Division of Fire were on scene to deal with the fire. No injuries have been reported.

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As of 10:30 p.m., FirstEnergy reported that approximately 2,300 customers had their service restored. By midnight, 2,310 customers in Cleveland and another 1,223 in Cleveland Heights were still without power. FirstEnergy says they anticipate that approximately 2,000 customers may have to wait until Saturday afternoon to get power back on. 

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