Oncor customers in Alvord and Chico may experience lengthy power outages as a result of a fire at a substation near Chico.
Oncor area manager Sabrina Easley said there is no estimated time of restoration for the outages. The piece of equipment that caught fire is damaged beyond repair and will require replacement. She anticipates a mobile substation will be brought in in the interim.
The cause of the fire, which was reported just after noon Tuesday, is unknown.
The city of Chico has opened the community center at City Hall as a cooling station for anyone affected by the power outages.
In addition, officials from the city of Alvord and Oncor established a cooling station at Alvord Middle School, 328 Farm Road 1655, for anyone needing “to escape the heat and humidity.”