Fire leads to citywide, prolonged power outage in Mesquite


MESQUITE, Nev. (ABC4 News)- Tens of thousands of people were without power Monday, after a fire on a power line outside Mesquite forced utility crews to shut down electricity to most if not all of the city.

Businesses by the score were affected. This included gas stations, restaurants, and convenience stores.

Most businesses had to close until power was restored.

One gas station manager said he had people in his parking lot waiting for the power to come back because they didn’t have enough gas to make it to either St. George or Las Vegas.

Fire officials said there’s a reason the effect was so massive.

Captain Spencer Lewis with Mesquite Fire Rescue said there’s only one main electric feed into the city

“So we do not have a two-way in and out, so we are isolated in that when we lose a main feeder, we’ll lose power for the whole time,” said Lewis.

It’s not clear what caused the fire that led to the outage.  Utility crews expected to have service restored sometime Monday night.

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