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Substation fire triggers thousands of outages in Benton
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BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Entergy substation on South Market Street in Benton was damaged by a fire late Wednesday afternoon, causing thousands of power outages in the city.

The cause was a breaker malfunction, according to Entergy spokeswoman Julie Munsell. She says there was significant damage and the company's bringing in a mobile substation as a temporary back-up.

Munsell says that replacement won't be operational before 10 p.m. Thursday night. It will take crews a while to do things like clear trees and vegetation from the area.

At it's height, Munsell heard about 10,000 residents were in the dark. But as of 10 p.m. Wednesday, we were told it went down to about 3,600 outages.

Entergy actually supplies the electricity to the Benton Utility Company and that's the agency that works directly with residents in town.

Spokesman Terry McKinney says folks still without power should plan on it being out until Thursday night and should take precautions with food in the house and alternative lodging if they can.

This substation covers the entire south side of Benton, and also provides power from Sheridan to Bauxite.

You can check Entergy updates on power outages here. Due to the power outages in the city of Benton the following cooling sites have been set up at the following locations: Sharon Baptist Church, 1st Christian Church, Northside Church of Christ, the American Red Cross center at Bishop Park, Tull Community Center.  Benton Middle School will open at 8 a.m. Thursday morning as well as Calvery Baptist Church,

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