Power outage cripples downtown Chico businesses

CHICO, Calif. - A power outage in Downtown Chico Tuesday afternoon caused headaches for dozens of business owners, costing them precious summertime income.

Power went out in the area of third Street and Broadway around 12:45 p.m.

Chico firefighters responded when smoke started pouring out of a manhole.

An underground fire damaged a power connector, melting equipment that then required repairs.

Power was knocked out to dozens of businesses, many of whom decided to close for the day.

It happened during the lunch hour, which for Pita Pit owner Scott Dakof, was a tough pill to swallow.

"It's a bit of an inconvenience and since summer is slower every customer helps. So being out for more than half a day is a bit of a pinch," Dakof said.

PG&E crews shut down third street between Broadway and Salem for several hours.

Power was restored around 4:30 p.m. and the roadway soon reopened.

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