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Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 2:06 p.m.

An electrical transformer outside the Beaver County Times' building burst into flames on Tuesday afternoon, knocking out power to the newspaper, authorities said.

The fire at the building, located at 400 Fair Ave., occurred shortly after 1 p.m. Employees were evacuated and no injuries were reported.

The fire ignited a smoky grass fire, but did not extend into the building, said Dave Meers, assistant fire chief of the Beaver Volunteer Fire Department, which responded to the scene with the Bridgewater and Rochester fire departments.

Once Duquesne Light cut power to the transformer, flames were extinguished with dry chemicals.

The newspaper will publish on Wednesday, said Managing Editor Tom Bickert.

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