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A Puget Sound Energy crew is seen working on a blown transformer on Main St between Washington and Douglas Streets (July 12, 2020). Photo courtesy of La Ran Williams

Updated: Blown transformer knocked out power west of downtown

Last updated on July 29, 2020

FERNDALE, Wash. — A power outage left several Puget Sound Energy customers in Ferndale without power beginning about 11pm last night, Saturday, July 11th.

Little information is available this morning regarding the outage that began following, according to witnesses, a bright blue flash seen near the intersection of Washington and Main Streets.

According to unconfirmed radio transmissions, Ferndale Police reported the area around the Ferndale Police Station to be without power and they requested PSE respond to a blown transformer on Main Street between Washington Street and Douglas Road.

One reader contacted My Ferndale News reporting the traffic lights at 4th Avenue and Main Street were dark at the time of the outage.

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PSE reported a cottonwood tree had fallen into their lines causing the outage.

Map of area impacted by power outage (July 11, 2018). Source: Puget Sound Energy
Map of area impacted by power outage (July 11, 2018). Source: Puget Sound Energy

Whatcom County Fire District 7 firefighters were dispatched about 11:10pm but were called off after police at the scene reported the transformer was not on fire. WCFD7 crews were dispatched again about 30 minutes later due to reports of sparking and down power lines but found neither upon arrival.

PSE said power was restored by about 12:30am Sunday to all impacted by the outage. A tree crew came out later to remove the downed limbs and tree debris.

This story was updated Monday, July 13th, at 11:30am with information provided by a PSE official.

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