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Cooling station opened at Alvord Middle School

Officials from the city of Alvord and Oncor established a cooling station at Alvord Middle School, 328 Farm Road 1655, for those affected by the power outages caused by a fire at a nearby Oncor substation Tuesday.

In addition, the city of Chico opened the community room at City Hall.

Power was restored on the Chico side within three hours, but customers in Alvord are expected to be without electricity until about midnight Wednesday, Oncor area manager Sabrina Easley said.

Although no cause has yet been determined, the failed transformer was damaged beyond repair, making necessary a replacement. Work crews transported in a mobile unit for the interim.