Power outage hits Whatcom County Jail, downtown Bellingham

A small animal chewed through an electrical line near the Whatcom County Jail on Sunday morning, March 20, causing an explosion and small fire and cutting power to the jail and a small area of downtown Bellingham. “A critter had eaten through the lines, which caused it to blow an arrestor,” said Terri-Ann Betancourt, spokeswoman for Puget Sound Energy.

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