- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

DOUGLAS, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona Public Service Co. says a commercial building fire knocked out electrical power to 7,500 APS customers in the southeastern Arizona city of Douglas.

Douglas Fire Department spokesman Matt King says the fire that gutted the two-story building of the Mejor Precio discount store was reported shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday.

King says approximately 40 firefighters responded to the blaze, including some who were off-duty when recalled.

He says the fire’s cause isn’t immediately known, but APS spokeswoman Anna Haberlin says smoke from the blaze caused protective devices in the electrical system to de-energize lines.

APS says it restored power to all customers by approximately 8 a.m.

Because of the outage, the local school system delayed opening its high school until mid-morning.


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