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Power back on after Boston transformer fire

Utility workers on Huntington Ave near Copley Place continued to restore electricity after a transformer fire earlier this week caused a power outage in Boston. (David L Ryan / Globe Staff) Utility workers on Huntington Ave near Copley Place continued to restore electricity after a transformer fire earlier this week caused a power outage in Boston.
March 16, 2012
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BOSTON—Power has been restored to the last customers who lost electricity after a smoky electrical transformer fire in Boston's Back Bay earlier this week, but work continues on permanent repairs.

Electric utility NStar says it will cut power to about 8,000 customers starting at 3 a.m. Saturday, for about three hours, to move them from a temporary backup to its permanent network. NStar is using cables and transformers to temporarily provide power.

About 21,000 customers lost power after the fire Tuesday evening, and all were brought back online at about 2 a.m. Friday. Some scattered outages continue to be reported.

NStar chief executive Tom May has said the fire came after an unusual "catastrophic" connector failure between the substation housing the transformer and the transmission system.

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