Traffic hell hits parts of Metro Vancouver after electrical fire shuts down Queensborough Bridge

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      A transformer burst into flames under the Queensborough Bridge around 2:30 a.m., leaving much of New Westminster in the dark.

      It also required officials to close the crossing, which created huge backups near the George Massey Tunnel and Pattullo Bridge during this morning's commuting rush.

      The Queensborough Bridge will remain closed in both directions for quite some time as crews try to fix the problem.

      It's a key link for people trying to reach the Alex Fraser Bridge from the north side of the Fraser River.

      Meanwhile, Queensborough middle and Queensborough elementary schools are closed.

      The Queensborough Bridge connects the western neighbourhood of Connaught Heights with Queensborough, which is on the eastern edge of Lulu Island.

      According to the City of New Westminster, the power will remain out in Queensborough for the next eight to 10 hours.

      However, the fire chief told Global B.C. reporter Jordan Armstrong that the power could be out  in Queensborough for days.