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Fire at TEP facility leaves thousands without power near Tucson Airport

Posted at 5:08 PM, Sep 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-22 21:41:18-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — A power outage is affecting at least 4,700 customers near the Tucson International Airport Wednesday evening due to a fire at a Tucson Electric Power facility.

The Tucson Fire Department says a fire at the power plant near Irvington and Palo Verde is now under control, but thousands remain without power.

According to Tucson Electric Power, the fire sparked in a natural gas powered steam generator at the plant, around 4:20 p.m.

Crews were able to get that fire under control quickly. TEP says there is no risk to public safety.

According to Tucson Electric Power's website, crews are on their way to investigate the issue. Some homes should have power back before 8:30 p.m. others show no estimated time of restoration.

This is a developing story. Stay with KGUN 9 for the latest updates.