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275 without power Saturday afternoon

By:  Star Beacon - Stacy Millberg

ASHTABULA — About 275 in the downtown area were without power Saturday afternoon after a transformer blew on W. 44th Street.

Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. Area Manager Mark Jones said he received a call from the Ashtabula Fire Department at about 1:40 p.m. advising him of the outage.

“The (Ashtabula) fire department called me and said their was a pole fire and a transformer came tumbling to the ground,” he said.

Jones said he received a report of the outage right after the rain storm came through; however he was uncertain if the weather was the cause of the outage.

The outage caused quite a stir in the area with traffic signals not working and roads being blocked off until power could be restored.

Most customers had power restored by about 4:40 p.m. with the exception of about 40 customers who were still waiting for power at 6 p.m. Jones said crews were continuing to work so power could be restored to the remaining customers as quickly as possible.

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