Black Smoke Billows From Electrical Substation Fire in Houston

Black smoke billowed from a fire at an electrical substation in Houston, Texas, on July 9, prompting shelter-in-place orders for the vicinity.

The Houston Fire Department (HFD) said firefighters deployed foam on a transformer at a CenterPoint Energy substation that had caught fire and was burning “class 4 mineral oil.” The HFD said the incident was deemed not a threat but advised local residents to stay inside.

The shelter-in-place orders have since been lifted, police said. Credit: Patrick Fischl via Storyful

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