Power finally restored downtown, but no cooling services to a number of customers


Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

A power outage that impacted the west side of downtown was fixed early Thursday, but was quickly followed by another outage that was resolved later in the day, said Chris Eck, an Ohio Edison spokesman.

However, one of the handful of customers, Youngstown Thermal, has a problem with a chiller, a company employee said. Youngstown Thermal is unable to provide cooling services to several downtown businesses. Reg Martin, Youngstown Thermal’s receiver, couldn’t be reached by The Vindicator on Thursday to comment on the issue.

Youngstown Thermal’s cooling customers include The Vindicator, Home Savings and Loan, DeYor Performing Arts Center and the main building of the Youngstown Business Incubator.

A power outage occurred Monday because of an underground cable failure and was repaired about 7 a.m. Thursday, Eck said. But shortly after the problem was fixed by Ohio Edison, he said, another cable failed causing another outage that was repaired about 5 p.m. Thursday.

The only business without power as of Thursday evening was the State Farm building at 217 W. Federal St., Eck said.

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