More than 2,000 users lose power in Onalaska after fire at Xcel Energy substation

ONALASKA (WKBT) — More than 2,200 homes and businesses were without power for about an hour Thursday after a piece of Xcel Energy equipment started on fire, according to a company spokesperson.

The power outage began at 12:42 p.m. when the equipment started on fire in the field, impacting a substation near Valley View Mall on Hwy. 16. The power was returned at 1:39 p.m.

The area impacted included portions of Hwy. 16. Light poles and street lights were without power.

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