WADSWORTH — A power outage affected Wadsworth businesses and residents near High Street on Friday afternoon, Wadsworth Service Director Robert Patrick said.
“I believe the outage lasted about an hour and 15 minutes and then all our customers were put back into service,” Patrick said.
The outage was caused by equipment failure, Patrick said.
“It was a malfunction of a fairly new piece of equipment,” he said. “We had not experienced that before.”
Patrick said the city of Wadsworth utilizes an advanced system that mitigates power outages to smaller areas, and it was one of those pieces that malfunctioned.
Patricia Zarle, an employee of PNC Bank, 1052 High St., said the bank was forced to close for about an hour because of the outage.
“We lost all power to the building and it wasn’t just our building, it was several buildings up and down High Street,” Zarle said.
The total number of residents and businesses involved was not available.
Patrick said that because Wadsworth is a public power community, meaning residents do not rely on a third party power company, the city is quickly alerted about power outages.
“We know about it before we even get calls, so we are able to dispatch crews and they are able to start working right away,” Patrick said.
Power was restored to all residents around 2 p.m. Friday.
The city has owned and operated its own electric distribution system since 1916.
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