Fire at Yonkers Con Ed station spews heavy smoke

A fire that erupted at a Con Edison substation in Yonkers over the weekend following a transformer explosion has been extinguished.

Utility spokesman Chris Olert said the fire started at around 10 a.m. Saturday after a 6,000-gallon oil tank at a substation on Fullerton Avenue exploded, spewing out flames and thick black smoke.

He said the fire was in a pump house where oil is circulated that is used for cooling and insulating equipment.

It took 65 firefighters more than an hour to extinguish the flames. Fifteen firefighters were taken to the hospital and two dozen had to be decontaminated.

Fire officials say they're working with Con Edison to determine the exact cause of the blast.

Associated Press reports contributed to this article.

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