Explosion at power substation near Highway 99 and Highway 70

CAL FIRE says firefighters are working inside the Cottonwood power substation between Highway 99 and Highway 70 in Butte County for a reported explosion.

Posted: Jan 8, 2018 9:20 PM
Updated: Feb 19, 2018 5:03 PM

We're working to learn more about what caused a small explosion at a PG&E substation in Orovillle. 

CAL FIRE crews were called to the scene of an explosion at the Cottonwood substation between Highway 99 and Highway 70, just off Cottonwood Road, at around 8:30 p.m. Monday. They say PG&E officials handled the situation before they arrived.

CAL FIRE says a condensor malfunctioned, and PG&E is working to repair the equipment. Power was only lost to one home in the area. 

We're working to learn from PG&E the exact cause of the explosion. This is a developing story, we'll update you as we learn more. 

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