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Auburn without power for 6 hours

More than 15,000 Auburn residents were without power for about six hours Monday night as temperatures dipped to 15 degrees below zero.

Auburn Mayor Norman Yoder said city officials believe the power outage began after an issue with a transformer caused breakers to shut off service.

“Basically it kicked the breakers for I&M’s service to us and shut off the power. It’s like what might happen with a hairdryer in the bathroom. Except this time, instead of shutting off a hairdryer, it shut off the entire city.”

The city of Auburn purchases electricity from Indiana Michigan Power to serve its approximately 6,500 customers, Yoder said. It took several hours to locate the failure within the transformer and several hours more to figure out why the breaker wasn’t engaging after it had been reset, he said.

Tracy Warner, I&M spokesman, said power went out about 6:35 p.m. Monday and was restored at 12:37 a.m. Tuesday.