July 5, 2002 at 5:27 PM EST - Updated July 12 at 3:41 AM
SOUTH RUSSELL, Ohio (AP) - As electric company crews were restoring power to about 7,000 customers in suburban Cleveland Thursday afternoon, the lights went out in another 6,700 homes in the area, a FirstEnergy Corp. spokesman said.
A transformer failure in South Russell knocked out power Wednesday night in eight eastern Cleveland suburbs -- Auburn, Bainbridge, Burton, Chagrin Falls, Newbury, Hunting Valley, Russell and South Russell.
Power to those customers was restored by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, spokesman Bob Kozak said.
A downed wire knocked out power to another 6,700 homes in Parma and North Royalton shortly after 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Kozak said.
All but a few hundred homes had power restored by 7:30 p.m.
Several other downed wires and transformer problems caused smaller, scattered outages Thursday in other Cleveland suburbs, Kozak said.
The heat did not cause any of the problems.
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