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Power Restored Around Seattle Center After Fire

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Power was restored to the Space Needle, the monorail and more than 300 other City Light customers near the Seattle Center about two hours after a fire at a nearby substation. Courtesy: KING 5 Power was restored to the Space Needle, the monorail and more than 300 other City Light customers near the Seattle Center about two hours after a fire at a nearby substation. Courtesy: KING 5
SEATTLE (AP) - Power was restored to the Space Needle, the monorail and more than 300 other City Light customers near the Seattle Center about two hours after a fire at a nearby substation.
   
City Light spokesman Scott Thomsen says the fire burned mineral oil in a capacitor bank, which regulates current. He says the cooling oil does not contain toxic PCB.
   
No one was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
   
Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore says firefighters who responded about 10 a.m. Wednesday first planned to use foam to smother the fire, but decided the best tactic was to let it burn itself out. They cleared the scene by noon.
   
Moore says workers at a nearby Highway 99 tunnel portal project evacuated because of thick black smoke.
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