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Squirrel knocks out power to 3,400 customers

Jeff Munson

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune / A Sierra Pacific Power technician examines a power pole at Fifth Street and Roger Avenue.

Power was knocked out to about 3,400 customers Friday for more than an hour when a squirrel tripped a power line at Fifth Street and Roger Avenue in South Lake Tahoe.

Sierra Pacific Power crews had power fully restored by 12:20 p.m. to customers, said spokesman Karl Walquist.

The squirrel tripped the power line at about 11:05 a.m., causing the outage and a small fire. It is the second time this summer that a squirrel jumping on power lines has caused an outage.

On Aug. 2, a squirrel tripped a power line, causing about 3,500 people to be without power in the same vicinity.

The squirrel, which didn’t survive the Aug. 2 incident, fell from the power line and caused a small fire that was quickly snuffed out by nearby homeowners using fire extinguishers.

In Friday’s outage, a small fire was reported.

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It is not known if the squirrel in Friday’s incident survived.

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