The west end of Cochrane was hit by a power outage at about eight o’clock Monday morning.

Northern Ontario Wires general manager and operations supervisor Dan Boucher says an equipment problem caused it.

“We had a catastrophic failure on one of our transformers on our west feeder,” Boucher tells My Cochrane Now Dot Com, “which took out the whole feeder.”

He adds that about 500 customers were affected.

“We cleared the transformer and then re-energized the circuit,” he says, “and the guys are working on repairing the transformer that caused the issue.”

The power was back on and coffee makers were back in service after about 90 minutes.