Part of downtown Calgary lights up again after five-day power outage

The lights are back on in part of downtown Calgary after an underground electrical fire last weekend knocked out power to scores of buildings and hundreds of residents.

CALGARY — The lights are back on in part of downtown Calgary after an underground electrical fire last weekend knocked out power to scores of buildings and hundreds of residents.

Enmax Corp., the city’s electrical utility, flipped the switch at 5 a.m. Thursday to restore service, but officials warn it will take time for building systems to be checked.

Anyone who was put up in a hotel during the outage was being asked to check out prior to an information update on the status of their residences.

Janine Orom , who works downtown, says it’s been a long haul for her and it’s nice to see the power restored so people can get back to their normal schedules.

Gianna Manes, CEO of Enmax, says it could be a month or more before the utility finds out what caused Saturday’s fire.

About 1,900 customers in 112 residential and commercial buildings were affected by the outage. (CHQR)

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