BRATTLEBORO — A fire in a substation caused a widespread power outage in town Friday.
Brattleboro firefighters were called to the Green Mountain Power substation on Putney Road at about 10:25 a.m. and found a significant fire in a large power vault and transformer, according to a news release from the Brattleboro Fire Department.
Because of the high-voltage equipment, firefighters decided to let the fire burn, and Green Mountain Power arrived shortly after to shut down the power, the department said. The fire burned out about 15 minutes afterward.
Putney Road was closed for about half an hour, and the power outage lasted about two hours, the release said. Assistant Fire Chief Leonard Howard said about 6,000 residents were affected.
Green Mountain Power is looking into the cause of the fire, and damage was confined to the equipment.
Separately, residents across New Hampshire experienced weather-related power outages Thursday and Friday. As of Friday at 4 p.m., about 28,000 customers were without power in the state, according to the N.H. Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Locally, the towns in the south and west parts of the Monadnock Region were hardest hit.