Heather Beyer

More than 14,000 residents in Stow were without power for more than an hour Wednesday evening after a primary power line was downed on City Center Boulevard, causing a grass fire.


Mark Durbin, spokesperson for First Energy said, "14000 customers lost power in stow as a result of a problem with a power line near route 91 and rose avenue. It began at 5:10 p.m. 13000 customer were restored at 622 and all but seven of the remaining were restored at 6:48 p.m. The remaining customers should be restored before midnight."


The investigation continues as to what caused the power line to fail.


Multiple traffic lights were out in the City of Stow during rush hour causing major traffic disruptions and the emergency dispatch center was flooded with calls regarding the outage.


Firefighters blocked roads around city hall for residents safety.


Mayor Sara Drew said that a potential cause for the outage was "the demand blew a transformer but that is purely speculation.


"I want to thank everybody for being patient and understanding that it was an event outside of the city's control," Drew said. I would also like to thank the dispatchers and the police officers and fire department for their quick response in handling the tons of calls that came in and we definitely appreciate residents understanding that the dispatchers had to focus on emergency calls and weren't perhaps able to talk to people for, as long as, they would have hoped for. They did a great job, the power is back on and hopefully the rest of the evening will be quiet."