'Power interruption' blamed for Fort Worth 911 outage

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by TERESA WOODARD

WFAA

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 11 at 11:32 PM

FORT WORTH — The City of Fort Worth is blaming Monday evening's city-wide 911 outage on a power interruption.

At 6:15 p.m., the city's 911 call center lost power.

At 6:39, they were able to start rolling 911 calls to the City of Arlington dispatch center. Arlington call-takers answered Fort Worth's calls and communicated with officers until 6:56, when service to the police side of the call center was restored.

It took more than an hour for the entire system to come back on line at 7:20 p.m.

It is unclear what led to the power interruption, but the outage is being called "extremely rare" by fire and police sources.

E-mail twoodard@wfaa.com

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