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Fallen tree blamed for power outage for 1,300 in Lower Burrell, Allegheny Township

Chuck Biedka
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Brush burns along Route 56 in Lower Burrell after a tree fell, taking down power lines and briefly knocking out power for more than 1,000 people, on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019.

A fallen tree along Route 56 in Lower Burrell Thursday morning caused a power outage for about 1,300 customers in Lower Burrell and Allegheny Township, according to West Penn Power and city officials.

At about 9:30 a.m. a tree fell into the power lines near Midas Muffler on Route 56. There were no reported injuries.

The fire company put out the flames and police were directing traffic at the Route 56-Leechburg Road intersection because the traffic lights were out.

About 900 of the affected customers were in Lower Burrell. The other 400 were in Allegheny Township.

West Penn Power spokesman Todd Meyers said power was rerouted and, by 11 a.m., service was restored to all but about 100 customers.

He said wet weather may had loosened roots and the tree fell happened to fall on a on a sunny day.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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