Thousands Lose Power In Downtown Pocatello

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Updated: 9/03/2014 8:08 am

Pocatello residents were without power earlier today in old town for about 30 minutes.

According to Brad Bowlin, communications specialist at Idaho Power, a bird caused a short in a downtown substation right after 1:00 p.m. Bowlin said the outage affected 2,370 customers.

The fire department was called to help get the man out of the elevator. Maintence crews opened first floor doors but quickly realized the elevator was stuck halfway.

Quick thinking by the fire department got the man out of the elevator after about ten minutes.

"The fire department ingeniously slipped a ladder down into the elevator shaft, the gentleman was able to come out safely," said maintenance supervisor Greg Grasso.

The man didn't require any medical attention and was free to go once coming out of the elevator.

At pocatello High School the power outage didn't affect they daily routine of students or teachers, but what happened after the power flipped on is what caused a school evacuation.

A storage unit in another building set off an alarm throughout the school.

"Storage unit in another building had a bunch of dirt or debris come down and it trigged an alarm which trigged all the fire alarms," said Pocatello High School Principal Lisa Delonas. 

Students were taken to nearby Brady Park while they waited for crews to turn off the alarms. Delonas said this is something she has never experienced before."I've never had the fire alarm go off after the power came back on."

Teachers continued teaching while the power was out because Pocatello High School has plenty of natural light coming in.

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