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Squirrel causes thousands to lose power in North Spokane

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 8:49 p.m.

A squirrel carries a nut while balancing on an overhead power line in Bethel Park, Pa. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001. (GARY TRAMONTINA / AP)
A squirrel carries a nut while balancing on an overhead power line in Bethel Park, Pa. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001. (GARY TRAMONTINA / AP)

A squirrel appears to be the cause of temporary power outages that affected thousands in north Spokane Saturday morning.

Around 11:30 a.m., an Avista spokeswoman confirmed that 6,605 customers had been affected by the outages. She said the cause appears to have been a squirrel that came into contact with a substation and was electrocuted.

“A squirrel got into a substation and tripped equipment that took a transformer down, affecting 3 feeders,” the company tweeted.

“The squirrel usually doesn’t make it,” said Avista spokeswoman Kelly Conley.

Avista’s outage map showed power had been restored to the majority of households by 12:30 p.m.


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