More than 20,000 homes and businesses without light in Fort Lauderdale by fire

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    More than 20,000 homes and businesses without light in Fort Lauderdale by fire Butane cylinders remain scattered on the ground while firefighters continue to try to put out small fires around the Blue Rhino gas company in Tavares, Florida (United States), on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. EFE / Archivo

     Miami, .- More than 20,000 homes, businesses and offices were left without electricity in Fort Lauderdale, in southeast Florida, due to a fire caused by the lightning strike in an electrical substation, local media reported today.

    The fire forced the evacuation of an apartment building and diverted traffic in the heart of the city, while firefighters struggled to control the fire in the substation of the Florida Power and Light company.

    A spokesman for the company said that there were more than 20,000 customers without power, but the number was reduced as the technicians were advancing in the restoration.

    The streetlights and traffic lights in downtown Fort Lauderdale, 30 miles north of Miami, went out completely.

    The Sun Sentinel newspaper said that, according to messages on social networks, the Center for the Performing Arts of Broward County, where tonight the musical “Dear Evan Hansen” was going to be released, had to suspend the function and close its doors. EFEUSA)

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