CFE substation fire, blown transformer, blamed for 2 blackouts in Merida

Caucel and the Centro go dark after separate incidences disable power lines

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An early-morning fire at a CFE substation cut power to customers for up to 10 hours. Photo: Facebook

Merida, Yucatan — A fire at CFE facilities in Caucel left the west side of the city without lights for up to 10 hours.

An exploding transformer near the Cathedral also cut power in the Centro for two hours Friday afternoon.

Some businesses were forced to shut their doors during the power outages.

Trouble in the west began when a short circuit in the power utility’s substation caused a fire early Friday morning. Firefighters, state police and CFE workers cooperated to extinguish the blaze.

The fire was controlled in an hour, but not before power went out for thousands of customers.

Some residents told Diario de Yucatan that they were without lights for 10 hours, although the CFE said some power was restored within six or eight hours.

In the Centro, power was out between 3 and 5 p.m. Friday when a high-voltage transformer blew out near the Paseo de la Revolucion. Police directed motorists at intersections where traffic signals had gone dark.

CFE reported that power has been restored to all customers as of Saturday.

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