SQUIR­REL TAKES BLAME FOR OUT­AGE

Connecticut Post - - NEWSBITES - — toneill@hearst­medi­act.com

For the sec­ond time in less than two months, a squir­rel left more than 1,000 United Il­lu­mi­nat­ing cus­tomers in Fair­field with­out power.

Around 8:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day, Fair­field fire of­fi­cials said UI re­ported 1,323 cus­tomers in Fair­field were with­out power. UI sent a crew to the area to find the source of the out­age.

Within 15 min­utes, UI re­stored power to all but 216 cus­tomers as the util­ity com­pany’s crew con­tin­ued to hunt for the source of the out­age. Fire of­fi­cials did not in­di­cate what part of town was im­pacted by the out­age.

At 9 a.m., power was re­stored to all cus­tomers. Fire of­fi­cials said a squir­rel shorted out a cir­cuit. There was no word on the con­di­tion of the squir­rel.

Eight weeks ago, on April 18, a squir­rel caused a power out­age that af­fected 1,177 UI cus­tomers in the Green­field Hill area of town. In that in­ci­dent, com­plete power restora­tion took sev­eral hours.

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