Widespread power outage affects South Bend residents

South Bend, Ind. Fortunately our heat wave of last week is over because a widespread power outage Friday afternoon left thousands of South Bend residents without electricity.

Shortly after noon, the cross arm of a utility pole broke off behind a home in the 1600 block of Wall Street, which is right across the street from John Adams High School.

Neighbors suspect the wood had rotted off and eventually fell. An AEP spokesman blamed the outage on "equipment failure" saying a line had fallen.

Crews were hard at work on the scene making repairs. At its peak about 2,500 AEP customers were without electricity.

"For the rest of the community it's important,” says South Bend resident Frank Fujita. “For me it’s going to be two or three weeks. We are going to have the entire wiring replaced in the house. The wires all the rubber and insulation around it has melted."

Wires were hanging in the back of people's backyards. No injuries or other damage were reported.

Power is expected to be restored to residents by around 4:30 p.m.

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