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Forum staff reports, Published August 24 2012

Xcel Energy says cable failure caused power outages in Fargo and West Fargo

WEST FARGO – A failed segment of underground cable was blamed for knocking out power to more than 4,800 Xcel Energy customers in Fargo and West Fargo on Friday morning.

According to Xcel Energy spokesman Mark Nisbet, the initial outage at 7:14 a.m. interrupted power to 2,516 customers in the two cities.

At 8:07 a.m., as Xcel crews tried to restore power by tying in to an adjacent circuit, the circuit breaker opened and cut power to an additional 2,310 customers.

Twenty-two minutes later, power was restored to the 2,310 customers, and all customers were back in service by 9:30 a.m.

While trying to restore power, crews saw that a nearby cross-arm on a power pole had been damaged, but Nisbet said it doesn’t appear that the cross-arm contributed to the initial outage.