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Power restored to thousands in San Fernando Valley after DWP facility explosion

Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters battled a major fire at the DWP plaint in Reseda on Saturday, July 9, 2017. The huge circuit breaker unit exploded and burned for hours. LAFD used foam rigs to put out the fire. As of 10 P.M., more than 140,000 people were without power. (Photo by Gene Blevins, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Photos: 140,000 without power after DWP transformer explosion, fire

By Matthew Carey, Correspondent
POSTED: 07/09/17, 8:48 AM PDT |

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews work to clean up the aftermath Sunday morning of an explosion and fire at a Northridge utility station. Photo by Gene Blevins

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said Sunday crews worked through the night to restore electricity to some 94,000 San Fernando Valley homes and businesses that remained powerless following an explosion and billowing fire at a Northridge utility station Saturday night.
In a 5:30 a.m. news release, DWP said many remained without electricity. But by 8:46 a.m., the utility tweeted that the power was back on after around-the-clock efforts.
“All the customers are restored; we feel great about it,” DWP spokesman Michael Ventre said by phone Sunday. “We’re sorry for the inconvenience for people who were out of power, but our guys worked extremely hard all night in difficult conditions to restore power as safely and as quickly as possible.”

Fire and DWP officials attributed the cause of the fire at DWP’s transmission site, known as Receiving Station J, to an accidental “mechanical malfunction,” but no further details were offered Sunday.
The station at Wilbur Avenue and Parthenia Street turns high voltage power into lower voltage power to distribute to customers.
“While efforts to make permanent repairs are the primary focus of all involved, a full investigation into the cause of the fire that occurred Saturday evening will also be conducted and reported publicly,” DWP said Sunday in a statement.

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The event plunged much of the San Fernando Valley into darkness Saturday night, affecting street lights and traffic signals, causing businesses to close early and prompting residents to find ways to try to deal with the unusually oppressive heat.
With the power restored Sunday, fans were again blowing inside a workshop across the street from the DWP facility. Ernesto Córtez, 44, works there painting cabinets. He said he spent Saturday night inside the workshop where he often sleeps, but without power the temperature soared.
http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20170709/power-restored-to-thousands-in-san-fernando-valley-after-dwp-facility-explosion

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