A squirrel was blamed for causing a power outage that affected almost 8,500 customers Sunday morning, according to officials with College Station Utilities.

A press release stated that the rodent got into the Southwood Valley Substation at 7:13 a.m. and caused significant breaker damage that resulted in a small fire. The College Station Fire Department responded and put out the fire within  minutes.

The breaker failure left residents in the area of F.M. 2154 to Texas Avenue and Rock Prairie Road to Holleman Drive without power until 8:15 a.m.

Officials said the squirrel was electrocuted.

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