Squirrel causes massive Wichita power outage

Authorities in Wichita, Kan., say a squirrel crawled into a power substation and caused a transformer blast that led to a fire that cut power to much of the city.

WICHITA, Kan. — One small rodent is getting the blame 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 Monday 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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