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Jun 21 2000 12:00AM By BY REBECCA RIDDLE Daily News Staff Writer Many residents of West Elizabeth and the Floreffe area of Jefferson Hills may have been late for work today, as many alarm clocks undoubtedly did not sound off. An early morning power outage eliminated electric service in most of that area.

Police said a fire erupted in two transformers around 4:15 a.m. at the Walton Road West Penn Substation in Floreffe.

According to a spokesperson for Allegheny Energy, however, a breaker tripped and the cause was not noted in a report.

Whatever the cause, the outage left 1,946 Allegheny Power customers without service for nearly two hours.

It didnt require extensive repair, the spokesperson said.

Customers affected include those in Floreffe along Large Hill, across the bridge into Elizabeth. According to an Allegheny Energy report, homes and businesses in areas of Finleyville and West Elizabeth also were affected.

Allegheny Power crews and Floreffe Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival, police said, the fire was no longer burning and the scene was cleared by 4:30 a.m.

Crews replaced the transformers and power was restored at 5:53 a.m., according to Allegheny Energy.

-- Doris (, June 22, 2000

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