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A mechanical failure at a NYSEG substation left about 3,900 customers in Clarence and East Amherst without electrical power this afternoon, causing some concern as temperatures reached 90 degrees.

The outage was first reported at about 2 p.m. Company spokesman Dick Marion said the problem has been corrected and service was being restored systematically, with everyone expected to be back online by 4:30 p.m. He said NYSEG is investigating what caused the failure, but has not yet attributed it to higher demand because of the heat.

During this current heat wave, Buffalo residents are encouraged to take advantage of air-conditioned senior centers at 337 Summer St., from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and 2057 Genesee St., 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as the CRUCIAL center, 230 Moselle St., 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Town of Evans will open two fire halls from noon to 8 p.m. for the rest of the week for residents seeking relief from the heat and humidity.

People can bring their own refreshments and relax and cool off in the Lake Erie Beach Fire Hall, 9483 Lake Shore Road, Angola, and the Evans Center Fire Hall Station No. 1, 8298 Erie Road, Angola.

Pet owners are reminded to either keep animals inside or to make shade and water available to them, and not to leave pets in cars.