Additional power outage affects West Wichita, Goddard

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WICHITA, Kan. — One day after a major power outage in parts of Wichita, more than 1,500 people woke up Monday to find they lack electricity.

The outage developed around 5:00 a.m., and seemed to be centered in the area of W. 151st St. and Kellogg. One Westar Energy engineer calls it an "equipment failure."

Initial reports indicate a blown transformer had caused the outage, with a power pole catching fire. But Westar admitted later while those events occurred, they were not related to the pre-dawn outage.

As of 8:45 a.m., about 175 customers in Sedgwick County remain without power.

Westar engineers add the morning outage was not related to the heat. A record 102-degree day in Wichita Sunday was blamed for thousands of customers losing service across the city.

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