Squirrel in equipment causes power outage at Hamilton County Justice Center, officials say

Squirrel in equipment causes power outage at Hamilton County Justice Center, officials say
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office posted on Twitter that all inmates are secured in their cells and there will be no visitation until the problem is corrected with the help of Duke Energy.

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Power is back on at the Hamilton County Justice Center, Duke Energy officials say.

Duke Energy says power returned around 11 a.m. after being out for about two hours Thursday morning.

A squirrel got into a piece of electrical equipment, which tripped the fire control system and shut down power partially throughout the building, they say. The squirrel did not survive.

Duke Energy said it was a transmission outage at a substation which feeds the justice center. That went out and impacted the transformer near the justice center which shut down to protect the building from damage.

Officials say situations with squirrels getting into electrical equipment is fairly common.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office posted on Twitter that all inmates were secured in their cells and there was no visitation until the problem was corrected with the help of Duke Energy.

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