Power returns after entire town left in the dark

Equipment caught on fire early Thursday morning at a substation in Hoke County causing major power outages.

May 24, 2012 5:57:54 AM PDT
Thousands of people were in the dark Thursday morning after an entire town lost power.

According to Progress Energy's outage map, over 4,300 residents in the Town of Raeford were without power around 6 a.m. The outages also expanded into western Fayetteville.

Progress Energy services most of the area and told ABC11 that the outages were due to a fire.

Equipment that caught on fire just after 3 a.m. at a substation in the community of Dundarrach was still smoking four hours later, as lights began to slowing come back on.

Progress Energy crews were able to have power restored fully by 8 a.m.

Lumbee River Electric Membership customers were also affected.

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