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Vernon power outages sparked for thousands

Most restored; Hydro lines downed at BX Park

Several power outages left thousands of Vernon residents in the dark overnight.

The largest outages were restored at 10 a.m., one of which involved a power line down near BX Park.

“There was multiple power lines. One pole is replaced and three needed to be repaired,” said BX-Swan Lake Fire Rescue Capt. Scott Lypchuk.

A large tree had fallen on the lines, causing the outage.

“It was super, super dry,” said Lypchuk of the tree. “But nothing was burning.”

There were a group of youth in a vehicle were trapped in the park due to the downed line.

Approximately 1,746 customers were affected by the outage, which took place Saturday night around 10:50 p.m.

Another outage south of Rimer Road, east of 34A St, west of Phillips Road and North of Highway 6 affected 3,521 customers.

A current outage in Spallumcheen affecting 339 customers since Friday morning has not been restored. It is west of Hitchcock Road, north of Silver Star Road and East of Pleasant Valley Road.

BX crews were also called a fire Friday night, along with Vernon Fire Rescue on Highway 97 north of Vernon.

The fire was caused by a homeless cooking fire and quickly extinguished.

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