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Halton Hills Hydro Works With Fire Services After Power Outage Causes Electrical Fires



Halton Hills Hydro Works With Fire Services After Power Outage Causes Electrical Fires

Halton Hills Hydro has released a statement on a power outage that impacted approximately 3800 homes in the south Georgetown area earlier today (May 16).

As a result, there were reports of popping noises, sparking or smoke from outlets. Residents who have had their electrical panel tripped are advised not reset it until cleared by a licensed electrician.

“These types of incidents are infrequent but please know that we take them seriously and have resources to respond accordingly,” said Art Skidmore, the President and CEO of Halton Hills Hydro.

Halton Hills Fire Department has been responding to calls for assistance, since 9:30 am this morning. Crews have responded to over 30 calls including two structural fires. Luckily, there have been no reports of injuries.

“The safety of our residents is always our first concern,” said Fire Chief Harry Olivieri. “Staff is trained to respond to all types of calls. We responded quickly to today’s incidents and I am pleased with how staff performed. I’d also like to thank our mutual aid partners from Oakville and Milton Fire Departments who provided additional resources.”

Halton’s Chief Administrative Officer Brent Marshall shared his own thoughts about the events today, stating that “Halton Hills Hydro is owned by the municipality and they worked with our Fire Department to help affected residents recover from this incident.”

Staff from Hydro and the Fire Department are currently going door-to-door in the affected area to deliver notices to residents with safety information.

The notice can be read here.

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