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Thousands of Kilgore residents again have power after morning outage

From Staff Reports
Oct. 4, 2011 at 3:27 a.m.

Thousands of Kilgore residents were without power for a couple of hours Tuesday morning, including Kilgore ISD and Kilgore College.

Southwestern Electric Power Co. spokesman Scott McCloud said about 4,750 residents and business reported being without power around 9 a.m. Tuesday, which he blamed on a substation malfunction.

Power was restored at about 10 a.m.

McCloud said technicians were sent to a Kilgore substation after eight circuits locked out, causing outages across the city.

"Something happened in the substation that caused equipment to malfunction. Crews are in there trying to figure out what went wrong in order to get customers back on," McCloud said.

Tuesday morning many residents also reported smelling natural gas, but Kilgore police said the smell, which originated from a manufacturing company, Inland Products, on Texas 135 near Texas 42, was not natural gas.



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