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Downtown buildings finally open after power outage

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Power is finally getting restored in parts of downtown Portland after a fire broke out in an underground cable vault and knocked out electricity this past weekend.

Crews with Portland General Electric worked day and night to restore the power, and spokesman Steve Corson said physical repairs have been made.

The fire took out electricity to an eight-block area between Southwest Jefferson and Southwest Morrison between Fourth and Fifth avenues. That included City Hall, the Portland Building and the Multnomah County Courthouse.

Corson says some of the spaces the linemen were working on underground were so small that only one or two people could be down there at the same time.

Now that power has been fully restored to most buildings, it will take awhile before some of the buildings will be at full strength. The only building in downtown that's on partial power is the Congress Center along Southwest Fifth and Salmon.

The Multnomah County Courthouse will open at noon. Courthouse employees should report for work at that time, but new jurors should not report for jury service until Thursday.

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