National Grid: Underground cable failure to blame for Providence outage

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Much of Rhode Island’s capital city was without power Thursday night – specifically in the area of the Providence Place Mall.

According to National Grid, preliminary investigations show an underground cable failure is to blame for the widespread power outage. At one point, more than 5,300 people were without power. Officials say the lights went out around 8 p.m.

The Providence Fire Department said four people were briefly trapped in an elevator at the mall but have since been rescued. Everyone is now out of the mall, fire officials said.

According to police, Miriam Hospital also lost power but was backed up by a generator. There was also a generator at the mall, but it did not work, according to the fire department.

As of 2:35 a.m., National Grid said all power has been restored to the city. Power Outage Database

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