5 p.m. update: Power has been restored to most affected residents.

4:30 p.m. update: The transformer fire is out, and most traffic lights are back on in the area. About 7,200 Duke Energy customers remained without power.

"We are actively trying to re-energize the additional transformer at the substation to restore the remaining customers. We do not have an estimated restoration time yet," a Duke Energy spokesperson said.


About 8,000 Duke Energy customers in Pinellas County lost power Monday afternoon after a substation transformer fire.

  • Fire reported about 2 p.m. Monday
  • High school football game postponed because of outages
  • Traffic backing up in area

It was reported about 2 p.m. off of East Lake Road, just north of Brooker Creek School.

There was no immediate word on what caused the fire. Fire, police and utility crews responded.

Once the fire is out, utility crews will work on re-energizing the other transformer at the location.

A scheduled football game involving East Lake High School at 7 p.m. Monday has been moved to 7 p.m. Tuesday because of the outages.

A junior and senior parent information night at the school will still take place at 6 p.m. Monday.

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