A transformer fire left hundreds of people without power in Branford on Tuesday night

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BRANFORD — Hundreds of people in Branford were without power Tuesday night after a truck cut wires, sparking a fire at a transformer near Cumberland Farms, according to Eversource and the Branford Police Department.

The outages began around 6:50 p.m. At its peak, about 3,800 customers were affected, although most of those outages were brief, an Eversource spokesperson said.

As of 7:30 p.m., there were 406 outages in Branford, or just under 3% of the city’s customer base. By 10 p.m., when temperatures dropped to 13 degrees, there were 92 blackouts, according to Eversource.

The police department said there were “extensive power outages throughout the city” just before 7 p.m. Tuesday.

“Officers and the Branford Fire Department are at the scene of a transformer fire near Cumberland Farms,” ​​the police department added.

For those without electricity, the community center at 46 Church Street has been open as a warming center for residents until 10 p.m.

“Please keep your elderly neighbors in mind in this cold,” the police department added.

Visitors were advised to follow COVID-19 safety protocols, such as using hand sanitizer upon entry, wearing face coverings indoors, unless unless a medical condition prevents them from wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.



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