- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - National Grid says a squirrel is to blame for a power failure that affected about 3,200 customers in Charlestown.

A spokesman for the utility tells The Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/16Jyrmo ) that workers found a pole with an open circuit breaker in a right of way through the woods, and the remains of a squirrel.

Customers lost power for about an hour Monday morning.

In October, a squirrel in Providence caused a power failure that affected around 4,500 customers and darkened most of downtown.

National Grid has devices to protect against animal damage but not on every piece of equipment.

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