Electricity restored after LA station fire
LOS ANGELES — Electricity was restored Sunday to tens of thousands of customers who lost service when a power station in suburban Los Angeles caught fire.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said repairs were ongoing but that the power failure had ended by midmorning.
Crews worked through the night to fix conductors, circuit breakers and transformers damaged in the blaze. The fire’s cause was under investigation.
At its height, the failure Saturday evening affected 140,000 customers in the northeast San Fernando Valley. Cooling centers were opened for residents left without air conditioning.
The fire at the station in the Northridge/Reseda area involved equipment that carries high-voltage electricity and distributes it at lower voltages, the department said.
The department shut off power to the station as a precautionary move and began restoring service once the flames were out. No one was injured in the fire.