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posted on January 23, 2009
By: JEFF GRAY AND KAREN HOWLETT
Published: JANUARY 17, 2009
Source: The Globe and Mail
"A faulty sprinkler system belonging to Ontario's Hydro One utility is to blame for a power blackout that left a quarter of a million people in Toronto without electricity and heat on one of the coldest nights of the year. The crisis, which chilled homes, forced schools to close and halted a huge chunk of the city's subway system during the morning rush hour, had city-owned Toronto Hydro scrambling to restore power to some customers until about 9:40 last night, when Mayor David Miller announced it was back on. "I want to thank Torontonians for their co-operative efforts during this challenging time and all city staff for their quick response to the outage and the strong sense of caring for the people we serve," the mayor said in a statement."