UPDATE: Southbound Route 17 remained closed temporarily after a transformer fire downed wires and burned a portion of the roadway Wednesday night in Waldwick.
Police initially closed the highway north at Allendale Road and south at Cameron Road around 9:15 p.m.
Several area power outages were reported.
Police, firefighters and the state Department of Transportation responded.
The northbound side was reopened shortly before 10:30 p.m., but the southbound side remained closed while things cooled off and a hole could be patched.
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