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Published: Monday, 6/24/2013

Squirrel causes Wichita power outage

Nearly 10,000 customers were affected by small rodent


WICHITA, Kan. — One small rodent is getting the blame today for a massive power outage in southern and eastern sections of Wichita.

KAKE-TV reports nearly 10,000 customers of Westar Energy were affected by the outage during the afternoon.

Authorities say a squirrel crawled into equipment at a substation, causing a transformer to blow out. A fire then broke out at the substation. Firefighters were quickly able to bring it under control.

Power was restored to the Westar customers in about one hour.

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