Tom MurphyJan 12, 2018, 5:37 pmJan 12, 2018, 7:38 pm

Fire leads to partial evacuation, delays at Newark airport

The problem prompted the evacuation of a section of Terminal C and caused significant delays at security checkpoints

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say an underground transformer fire near Newark Liberty International Airport darkened a terminal, forced a partial evacuation and caused significant delays at security checkpoints.

Airport officials say the fire Friday morning was quickly extinguished, and no one was injured.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says a transformer fire in a manhole on a restricted road outside Terminal C cut power to the building around 11:15 a.m. Emergency generators provided partial power. A section of the terminal was evacuated.

Once power was fully restored about two hours later, nearly all gates returned to service immediately. Escalators, elevators and some security checkpoint equipment had to be rebooted.

Wait times returned to normal after about four hours. Terminals A and B weren't affected, but weather-related delays were reported across all terminals.

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