Massive fire breaks out at Hillburn substation

Multiple agencies responded to a massive fire Friday at a Con Edison substation in Hillburn.

Multiple agencies responded to a massive fire Friday at a Con Edison substation in Hillburn. (6/25/16)

HILLBURN - Fire crews are still working to extinguish hot spots after a massive fire that engulfed a power substation in Hillburn Friday night.

Officials say a faulty transformer ignited the fire just after 7:30 p.m. at the plant at 333 Torne Valley Rd.

Firefighters and hazmat crews kept an eye on the fire throughout the night, allowing the fire to burn through 50,000 gallons of mineral oil to prevent it from seeping into a nearby stream that could have then contaminated the Ramapo River, which supplies drinking water to millions of people.

Con Edison has also cut off the power at the substation, and electricity is being sourced from other providers for residents throughout the area.

No injuries were reported.

Officials say Torne Valley Road has been closed off to allow emergency vehicles to enter and exit the scene.

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