Power outage disrupts homes, businesses

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From the La Cañada Valley Sun

A power outage struck La Cañada Saturday night as a transformer caught fire, blacking out more than 3,300 homes and businesses, officials said.

A fire in an underground transformer sparked the outage around 6:15 p.m. on Saturday and crews from Southern California Edison worked through the night, restoring it at 6:41 a.m. on Sunday morning.

“The outage is still under investigation,” Southern California Edison Regional Manager David Ford said Monday. “We still don’t know why the circuit overloaded, but there was a fire in the vault, the underground transformer. The system overloaded, the transformer heated up and a fire started.”

Los Angeles County Fire Department assisted with the underground fire,” said Sgt. Scott Gibson of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station. “Deputies with the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station along with Volunteers on Patrol and Montrose Search and Rescue assisted with traffic control at the major intersections.”

The outage took place east of Angeles Crest Highway and north of Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada, Gibson said. It also expanded east to Altadena, just west of Fair Oaks.

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Written by Seth Amitin

November 23, 2009 at 12:45 pm

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