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2 Windsor city hall square buildings closed, services unavailable after transformer fire

Municipal staff say two buildings in Windsor's city hall square are closed because of a nearby transformer fire. (Dalson Chen/CBC - image credit)
Municipal staff say two buildings in Windsor's city hall square are closed because of a nearby transformer fire. (Dalson Chen/CBC - image credit)

An underground transformer fire outside of Windsor city hall has forced the closure of two buildings in the square.

According to a statement from the city's communications department, the unexpected shutdown means all services operating out of 350 and 400 city hall square are unavailable for at least today because the buildings are without power.

"Officials are working to restore power but there is no timeline at this point," it said.

No one was injured in the fire when the hydro went out between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. ET Tuesday, said city staff, and "no other damage done."

The city of Windsor says there is no estimate for when the buildings could reopen.
The city of Windsor says there is no estimate for when the buildings could reopen.

The city of Windsor says there is no estimate for when the buildings could reopen. (Dalson Chen/CBC)

Unavailable services include licensing, marriage and death registration, tax payments, Service Ontario, Service Canada and access to the mayor's office.

The 311 contact centre remains operational, but at a "reduced complement," according to municipal staff, and for callers to expect delays. They suggest using the mobile app instead, if possible.