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Pacific Power workers were struggling Sunday to determine the cause of a power outage that left some 2,400 Shady Cove, Butte Falls and Eagle Point residents without electricity for most of a day.
Power was restored by late Sunday afternoon to all but a handful of affected households darkened since about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, when a circuit breaker at a Takelma substation exploded.
"Something happened along that line, but itís hard to know what happened here," said Dave Kvamme, a Portland spokesman for the power company.
"Usually itís a tree or a limb or a car that crashes into a power pole. But this is kind of a mystery right now."
Personnel were sent to the substation to perform repairs.
Meanwhile, power use was diverted to the Dodge Bridge substation, which also encountered an unusual incident.
"There was a small fire that occurred on one of the lines," Kvamme said. "We had to go out and repair that."
No vandalism or other signs of tampering with the lines or substations were evident, Kvamme said. Power company workers were expected to determine the cause of the outage as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, full power was expected to be restored to all area residents by today.
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