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Blown fuse: Some 3,800 Pacific Power customers, including Third Street businesses, lose power for hours

Bend firefighters were checking out the IHOP on Third Street Sunday morning when a power surge, outage prompted smoke, electrical smell
Kurtis Cook
Bend firefighters were checking out the IHOP on Third Street Sunday morning when a power surge, outage prompted smoke, electrical smell

(Update: All power restored; blown fuse; WinCo's generator kicked in)

Fire crews respond to IHOP on report of smoke, electrical smell

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Pacific Power said a blown fuse triggered an outage that affected nearly 3,800 customers for several hours on Bend’s north end Sunday morning, including numerous commercial businesses along Third Street.

Along with business alarms going off, firefighters were called to a popular breakfast spot on a report of smoke and an electrical smell.

Pacific Power’s outage map indicated the outage began around 7:20 a.m. and that it would take until late morning to restore all service.

As of 9:30 a.m., 3,774 customers were without power, the utility said, but by 10:15 a.m., that number was cut in half, to about 1,800, and down to about 1,100 by 10:30 a.m., with the rest having power back by 11 a.m. Pacific Power spokesman Tom Gauntt said it resulted from an equipment failure.

Bend Fire & Rescue Deputy Fire Marshal Cindy Kettering said several businesses along Third Street, including at the Bend River Promenade mall, reported a power surge when the outage hit, while “IHOP said half the lights went out, half stayed on.”

“They started smelling smoke, evacuated the building,” Kettering said. “And then all the power went out. You could definitely smell an electrical smoke odor. It smelled like it was coming from an HVAC unit, so we’re not sure if it was an HVAC or electrical problem.”

The outage extended down Third Street from Empire Avenue on the north to Greenwood Avenue on the south.

At Delish Donuts, a worker said said they had to go to cash-only service for a few hours and kept her refrigerated items in the fridge, but that the power came back on quicker than she expected.

Over at WinCo Foods, a 24/7 grocery store, the lead clerk said their generator turned on the second the power went out, so operations were not affected.

Drivers were treating the knocked-out traffic signals as four-way stops until power was restored.

Kelsey McGee's report will be on NewsChannel 21 at Six.

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