CHARLOTTETOWN - Maritime Electric is working to restore power to thousands of customers on Prince Edward Island after a fire at one of its facilities on Monday.
The fire in the West Royalty substation led to outages in Charlottetown, Kings County and parts of eastern Queens County.
The first outage occurred around 9:20 a.m., affecting 5,000 customers in the Charlottetown area.
The utility then shut off the power as a safety precaution until the extent of damage was determined, knocking an additional 35,000 customers off the grid.
Maritime Electric spokesperson Kim Griffin says the company is working to re-energize the system gradually and service has been restored to downtown Charlottetown.
Most schools in the Eastern School District were closing three hours earlier because of the outage.