Crews battle transformer fire at UI substation in New Haven

New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven Fire Department crews have put out a fire at a United Illuminating (UI) substation at Water and Olive Streets in New Haven Wednesday afternoon.

According to officials, the electrical fire briefly impacted power to Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital, but all power has been restored.

A UI spokesperson said, “The Hospital and UI personnel worked in concert to restore service to the facility. UI personnel also assisted firefighters who safely extinguished the fire.” 

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker praised fire crews’ quick action saying, “This site could have impacted 30,000 households.”

No injuries have been reported. Water Street remains closed as of 3 p.m. Wednesday.

“UI personnel are on scene to clean up the materials used to extinguish the fire and begin planning the permanent repairs to the substation, which remains safely in operation,” UI reported.

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