Power outage

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ASHLAND -- A transmission line that feeds an Ashland substation lost power Thursday afternoon, leading to more than 3,000 customers without power.

FirstEnergy Ohio Edison's website shows 3,058 customers were without power at 3 p.m. Most of those customers, 2,121, live within Ashland city. 

Lauren Siburkis, a spokeswoman for Ohio Edison, said crews are working to get power back up to all customers by 4:30 p.m. She said the company is still investigating the cause for the downed transmission line.

Andrea Gravenhorst, director of communications and IT for Firelands Electric Cooperative, said the transmission line feeds into an Ashland substation, she said.

Firelands Electric Cooperative is a nonprofit electric utility, serving around 9,100 customers in the rural parts of Ashland, Huron, Lorain and Richland counties.

Gravenhorst said outage reports started at around 1:30 p.m.

As of 3:20 p.m., Firelands' website said the outage affected 765 of its customers in Ashland County and 296 customers in Richland County.

Rob McCrea, a captain at Ashland Fire Department, said the crew responded to two small fires Thursday. One was reported at a pole along Township Road 1504 at around 1:50 p.m. that involved Armstrong, an internet service provider, and Ohio Edison.

Another fire, which McCrea described as a "small grass fire," was reported at around 2 p.m. along Township Road 853. 

"Whether those were the sources (of power outages) or a secondary because of something else, I'm not sure," he said. 

No injuries were reported, McCrea said.

Ashland Middle School also lost power, with about an hour of instruction left in the day, said Matt White, the school's principal. 

"Most of our computers run under battery power, so we were able to continue with instruction," he said. 

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