Second SK outage hits Thursday

A second power outage in two days hit South Kitsap residents Thursday afternoon, shutting down power to about 4,500 customers, according to Puget Sound Energy.

Spokesman Joseph Harris said power went out Thursday at about 1:15 p.m. due to "equipment failure" at the company's East Port Orchard substation.

"I was told by an operator that it was substation-related and due to a small equipment fire, which can be caused by something as small as a squirrel," Harris said.

Harris said the same substation had problems Tuesday afternoon, but that outage was caused by "a tree getting the lines," which he said "tripped the safety system and shut off" power.

Since the outage occurred at the same substation, the same amount of customers — 4,500 — were affected by Tuesday's outage. That day the power went out around 4:30 p.m., and was restored about an hour later.

However, Harris said Thursday's power outage was caused by a "completely different" problem.

At 3:15 p.m. Thursday the power was still out in sections of Port Orchard, including major intersections such as Bethel and Lund avenues and Mile Hill Drive and Jackson Avenue.

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