Cat loses all nine lives in black out

THEY say a black cat is bad luck.

Similarly, the cat that caused Warwick to turn black also suffered it's own dose of bad luck.

It was a case of kitty versus transformer yesterday morning when the feline climbed on to a power transformer and was electrocuted at the East Warwick substation, resulting in a power supply interruption to 3000 Ergon customers.

The interruption affected customers in parts of Warwick and to the south and east of the town from 5.50am, with power progressively restored between 7am and 7.30am.

An Ergon Energy spokesman said animals interfering with the transformers was not completely uncommon.

"You can get cane toads and sometimes birds get in occasionally," he said.

"It's not so common in one location but sometimes it does happen across the state."

After power was restored to all customers, crews tested the transformer to determine if it had sustained any damage that required repair before it was returned to service.

And so the case is cracked.

Yesterday's power outage was not caused by a car that crashed into a pole as many on Facebook claimed, but the - now fried - cat whose curiosity got the better of it.



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