Amtrak transformer explodes near Branford train tracks

WTNH/ReportIt!/Nate Dornfeld


BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — An explosion in Branford left a black smoke ring in the sky on Thursday evening.

Photo via @ctandnyalerts
Photo via @ctandnyalerts

Branford Fire responded to 137 Meadow Street on Thursday evening for a fire. An Amtrak transformer exploded around 7 p.m., sending burning oil onto a boat, building, and truck, destroying the boat and truck, and causing minor damage to the building.

Clean Harbor was called to clean up the oil spill. DEEP was called to the scene, and the Coast Guard has been called on standby in case anything leaks into the Branford River.

Report It photos sent in to News 8 show the transformer fire near the Branford train tracks. More photos sent in show a large, black ring of smoke hovering over the sky. The ring is likely a result of the explosion.

Fire officials say the fire is still burning as of 9:45 p.m.

WTNH/Report It/Otto Berger
WTNH/Report It/Otto Berger

Amtrak said one train, the 2175 train from Boston to D.C., lost power as a result of the fire. Amtrak was able to get the 280 passengers off of the train and onto another line in the area. Delays lasted around 30-45 minutes. As of 11 p.m., Amtrak says everything should be running back to normal and there should not be an impact for Friday morning.

The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.

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