East-end power outage after transformer fire affecting 3,800 customers

East-end residents are having a challenging start to the day Thursday as they deal with a widespread power outage caused by a transformer fire.

Reports of outages began rolling in around 6:40 a.m., according to Toronto Hydro spokesperson Maja Boric. The outage is from Gerrard Street south to the lake, and the Don Valley Parkway east to Woodbine Avenue.

The outage is affecting about 3,800 customers.

“Crews are on site now, they are investigating,” Boric told CBC Toronto.

Around 9 a.m., Toronto Hydro tweeted that power could be restored within about two hours.

The outage also had a big impact on TTC streetcar service, spokesperson Kadeem Griffiths said, as streetcars couldn’t get out of the Leslie Barns Carhouse.

The TTC had to deploy buses to service streetcar routes where needed, Griffiths said, and operators were headed to the Russell Carhouse to get some of the older streetcars into service.

Shortly after 8:30 a.m. Thursday the TTC tweeted that regular service had been restored, but buses would continue to supplement service through the morning commute. The transit agency did say, however, that there continue to be delays on some east-end routes with traffic lights affected by the outage.

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