Kent residents were without power for five hours Tuesday due to problems at a Connecticut Light & Power substation in the town.

Mitch Gross, spokesman for CL&P, said seven towns were affected by the power loss, including Kent, parts of New Milford, Sherman, Warren, Goshen, Cornwall and Sharon.

"The problem started in the substation and triggered problems along the line," Gross said. "We heard of a transformer fire in Kent and that was most likely triggered by the initial problem but was not the source of the outages."

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department responded to a transformer fire at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Elizabeth and Bridge streets.

At 2 p.m., the height of the outage, 3,900 customers were without power. CL&P workers had to patrol on foot to check some of the circuits and lines in the area of outage, Gross said. By 5 p.m. power had been restored to all customers.

-- Susan Tuz