All power restored, FPL says, after huge fire erupts at Fort Lauderdale substation

Firefighters battled a fierce blaze Tuesday night while police diverted traffic and evacuated a nearby apartment complex.

The blaze began shortly after 8 p.m. when a Florida Power & Light substation at 462 NE Sixth Ave. in downtown Fort Lauderdale was hit by lightning, a police spokeswoman said.

Thousands of residents throughout Fort Lauderdale were sitting in the dark Tuesday night after losing power around 8:05 p.m.

In a Twitter message at 4 a.m. Wednesday, FPL said, “All customers in Ft. Lauderdale who lost power Tuesday night as a result of the substation fire have been restored.” The company said efforts to repair the damage caused by the fire was taking place.

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