A pair of power outages in the Hillsboro area on Friday morning were the result of one problem, according to American Electric Power.
Terri Flora, a spokesperson for the electric company, said the first outage at 8:49 a.m. occurred due to a problem with equipment near West Beech and Railroad streets that caused a utility pole to burn. She said 739 AEP customers were affected by the first outage.
In order for crews to correct the issue that caused the initial problem, a circuit was removed from a facility on Dunlap Road, where AEP has a substation. That circuit removal caused the second outage at 10:04 a.m. that affected 601 AEP customers.
All power was restored by 10:13 a.m., Flora said.
Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District Public Information Officer Branden Jackman said the district was first notified of some type of issue through an alarm drop at G & G Body Shop in Hillsboro at 8:51 a.m. He said the fire district’s station three office in Hillsboro also experenced a loss of power.
“It was kind of weird. It flickered, dimmed, went off, and then came back on. Then it went off again,” Jackman said.
He said the outage also set an alarm off at Good News Gathering on the southern edge of Hillsboro, that there was a report of smoke in the Highland County Prosecutor’s Office, and there were electrical issues at the Highland County Administration Building.
Earlier this week 1,180 South Central Power Company customers lost power due to what the company said were automibile crashes caused by slick roads on SR 73 and SR 134 in Highland County. The accidents happened early Tuesday evening.
There was no reported relation between the Tuesday and Friday outages.
For information about current outages and issues, go to aepohio.com.
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