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Thousands left in the dark during northeast Edmonton power outage

Thousands in Edmonton's northeast were without power Wednesday evening as an issue with two transformers cut electricity to about 25,000 customers.

Issue with two transformers cut electricity to about 20 neighbourhoods

A screengrab of Epcor's power outage map shows the widespread outage Wednesday evening. (Epcor)

A widespread power outage in Edmonton's northeast left roughly 25,000 people without power Wednesday evening.

The outage happened at about 9:17 p.m, knocking out power to about 20 neighbourhoods including Highlands, Cromdale, Cy Becker and Belmont. 

An Epcor spokesperson said in an emailed statement the outage was "related to two transformers."

"Multiple crews are responding — it's all hands on deck. We are working as quickly and safely as possible," the statement said. 

Power was restored by 11:30 p.m.

As a result of the outage, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services attended two elevator rescues in residential buildings.

One was in the area of 146th Avenue and Manning Drive and another was in the area of 164th Avenue and 50th Street. There were no injuries reported in either and about five people were rescued without incident, Edmonton fire spokesperson Rowan Anderson told CBC News. 

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