Fox causes early morning power outage in Dixie Downs, Santa Clara

ST. GEORGE – Numerous homes and businesses on the border of St. George and Santa Clara lost power early Wednesday morning at the hands of a wily fox.

Just after 2:30 a.m., the fox crawled into Substation 138 and tripped a breaker that shut down six other substations. City of St. George Energy Services Department customers in west St. George and extreme east Santa Clara lost power.

The outage lasted approximately 1 hour 45 minutes before city workers discovered the problem. The exact number of customers affected has not been determined, though Energy Services representatives confirmed the outage was concentrated in Dixie Downs.

There is no word on the whereabouts of the suspect fox.

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  • Paul Jensen August 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Fox News

  • Dixielambs August 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I am guessing that if they were able to determine (after an hour and 45 minutes) that it was a fox that caused the problem……… That the fox was found on the premises of substation 138… probably in barely recognizable condition.

  • DB August 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    The power outage was more widespread than reported. I’m just south of the old airport and power was out all over this area as well. I missed my ceiling fan!

  • Joanna August 21, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    The fox was probably trying to steal copper out of the substation for meth. I saw a suspicious fox over by Furniture Row last week…

  • melinda August 22, 2013 at 12:36 am

    We live valley and our power went out as well 🙂 definately a bigger area affected than.reported

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