An Auburn Police Officer directs traffic Monday afternoon at the intersection of Turner Street and Mount Auburn Avenue in Auburn after a power outage in the area. Sun Journal photo by Russ Dillingham

AUBURN – A power outage in the area of Mount Auburn Avenue backed up traffic and left nearly 400 customers without power for an hour Monday afternoon, according to Central Maine Power.

Central Maine Power spokesperson Catharine Hartnett said Monday that sometime around 2:30 p.m., a tree branch fell on power lines on Gracelawn Avenue, which created a spark that briefly set the lines on fire.

Hartnett said the fire was out by the time Central Maine Power arrived at the scene, and within an hour power was restored.

According to the Central Maine Power outage list at 3 p.m., 388 customers were listed as having no power in Androscoggin County, with a majority of them in the area of Mount Auburn Avenue and Turner Street.

The traffic lights at Mount Auburn Avenue and Turner Street were off for about an hour, causing traffic to back up.

Hartnett said CMP has a service center in Lewiston, which made it easy for power to be restored in a timely manner.

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The traffic lights at Mount Auburn Avenue and Turner Street were out Monday afternoon during a power outage. Sun Journal photo by Russ Dillingham


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