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Moose Jaw firefighter Kayne Hemsing directs an elderly pedestrian around the perimeter established after sparks were seen arcing from a transformer in the alleyway beside Veroba's restaurant.
Repairs made following an early-morning power outage Thursday may have caused a subsequent second outage in the early afternoon, a spokesperson for SaskPower said.
“The outage that happened (Thursday morning) — I think it started at midnight or shortly after — was due to high winds and cold weather in the area,” said Tyler Hopson, the SaskPower representative. “From what I understand, basically a portion of the power line fractured ... our crew went out, located the line, and then got to work restoring it soon after.”
Power was restored to many customers within an hour of the start of the outage, Hopson said, but wasn’t fully restored until around 3:45 a.m.
A second power outage brought a number of Moose Jaw firefighters in to the downtown core early Thursday afternoon. The second outage was considerably shorter, lasting approximately 15 minutes.
At the time, the exact cause of the outage was unknown, but firefighters were within the Moose Jaw police station and erected a small perimeter around an alleyway after some sparks started falling from a nearby transformer.
Firefighters on scene did not know the cause of the sparks or the outage.
“SaskPower will be out,” said attending firefighter Dave Hill. “It could have been caused by a short or it could have been caused by a myriad of reasons.”
According to Hopson, today’s outage “was related to the outage last night.”
“From what I was told, they were fixing the final bits of that outage, and as a result of doing those repairs had a quick outage in the downtown,” he said. “It wasn’t a planned outage.”