UPDATE @ 9:25 a.m.:
Power has been restored to all DP&L customers in Clark and Greene counties after an early morning outage, according to an online outage map.
Over 5,500 customers lost power when an animal entered a substation around 2:40 a.m.
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The outage forced Southeastern Local Schools in South Charleston to issue a two-hour delay.
UPDATE @6:30 a.m.:
The cause of a massive power outage in two counties early this morning was due to an animal entering one of the Dayton Power and Light substations.
Multiple DP&L crews in Clark and Greene counties are working to restore power to customers, who have been without for nearly four hours, said spokesman Ron Beeler.
As many as 5,540 customers suddenly lost power at 2:38 a.m. Friday, and DP&L quickly dispatched crews to begin working on the problem. They’ve been able to restore power to the majority of the customers so far. As of 5:51 a.m., 1,158 customers are still without power in Clark County. Customers in Greene County have been restored, with fewer than three people experiencing power loss.
Cedarville in Greene County and South Charleston in Clark lost the majority of the power, Beeler said. Two circuit groups in those communities are affected.
Still, the crews are working as fast and safely as they can to restore the power as soon as possible, Beeler said. If all goes well, power could be restored by "breakfast," but it's only a guess, he said.
Meanwhile, the outage in South Charleston has forced Southeastern Local Schools to go on a two hour delay.
We will continue to monitor the situation and bring you the latest information as soon as it’s available.
Over 3,000 Dayton Power & Light customers are experiencing a power outage in both Clark and Greene Counties this morning.
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According to the online outage map, 1,158 people are without power in Clark County near the Cedarville area, and 2,179 in South Charleston are experiencing power loss in Greene County.
Estimated restoration time is listed as 4 a.m.
Fire officials from both Clark and Greene were dispatched to the Charleston Court Apartments on E. Columbus Road for a fire investigation around 2:20 a.m.
It is unknown at this time if outages in South Charleston are directly related to this incident.
We’ve reached out to DP&L officials about what caused the outages and will continue to update this story with any new information.
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