Equipment failure, burned wire caused outages in Orting

Staff writerNovember 12, 2013 

Two back-to-back power outages Monday knocked out electricity to more than 9,000 Puget Sound Energy customers in the Orting area.

The first outage happened just before 2 a.m. when equipment failed in the Orting substation, which also serves some Graham residents. About 6,100 were without power, PSE spokesman Ray Lane said. Power was fully restored by 5 a.m.

Within 20 minutes, a wire at the substation burned out and another 3,300 customers were plunged into darkness.

Lane said the wire was repaired by 11:15 a.m. but it took until just after 6 p.m. to restore power for all customers.

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