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Transformer Fire Damages Former Burlington Building

A transformer fire at the substation adjacent to the former Burlington Industries building on Cowford Road in Halifax entered the building and caused thousands in damage Wednesday night, according to Halifax fire officials.

The Halifax Volunteer Fire Department received the call at 5:11 p.m. Wednesday for what was described as a transformer fire, a Halifax fire department spokesman said. Neighbors and witnesses said the fire began with an explosion and a fireball from the transformer substation.

When the firefighters arrived, they found the fire had entered the building, and they located several “hot spots,” according to the spokesman. The firefighters had to battle persistent rain and cool temperatures in order to go on the roof to determine the extension of the fire.

When firefighters entered the building they found some wood smoldering along with several smoldering areas in the ceiling, the spokesman said.

Halifax responded with 17 firefighters and four trucks, assisted by South Boston with 16 firefighters and a ladder truck and a pumper. The spokesman said other volunteer firemen from across the county also responded to assist with manpower, and Halifax police officers assisted with traffic control.

Firefighters remained on the scene until 9:43 p.m. “This was one of those hidden fires,” the spokesman said.

The building is valued at $600,000, and fire officials estimated damage at $25,000.