Transformer Fire in Hillburn

A significant transformer fire started Friday evening in Hillburn. The at approximately 7 p.m. and was still blazing at 10:30 p.m. The 500,000-volt substation was loaded with approximately 60,000 gallons of oil, according to Rockland County Fire Coordinator Gordon Wren. There were environmental concerns because the blaze was 150 feet from Torne Brook that runs into the Ramapo River. There are several drinking water wells located in the river that service millions of residents in Rockland and parts of New Jersey, according to county fire officials. It was decided to let the fire burn itself out. Fire officials chose not to use water or foam creating a toxic mix that would seep into the Torne Creek leading to contamination of the drinking water wells. No injuries or outages were reported and the cause is still under investigation.

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