Elec­tric­ity re­stored af­ter LA sta­tion fire

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

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.

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