Blackout in Tokyo after fire damages cables

The fire broke out at one of TEPCO’s underground facilities in Niiza City, Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo.

The utility said underground cables were damaged, and that it is investigating how the fire started.

The company finished rerouting the power supply in about an hour.

The fire was almost extinguished about 4 hours later.

No injuries have been reported.

Government offices in central Tokyo were affected due to the power failure. The Tokyo High Court and District Court were without power for about 30 minutes and officials had to reschedule some trials.

Traffic lights were out at about 200 locations, and police officers were deployed to control traffic.

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