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DWP restores power to 94,000 San Fernando Valley homes following transformer explosion

By in Press Enterprise on July 9, 2017

By Daily News

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said Sunday crews worked through the night to restore electricity to the 94,000 Valley homes and businesses that were left powerless following an explosion and fire at a Northridge transformer Saturday night.

In a 5:30 a.m. news release, the utility said thousands remained without electricity. But at 8:46 a.m., the DWP tweeted that the power was back on: “Our crews are reporting all power to customers restored out of RS-J and local Distributing Station. Repairs continue, but service restored.”

Another hot day was forecast in the region, but temperatures were expected to ease up from Saturday’s record-breaking highs. At 8:30 a.m. in the Valley, it was closing in on 80 degrees, with highs expected in the mid-90s.

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The power station fire was first reported at 6:53 p.m. at 18900 Parthenia St. at the DWP transmission site known as Receiving Station J, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Just after 7:30 a.m. Sunday, there were several DWP vehicles parked outside the power station.

Several cars could be seen going by, but the one thing missing in the area was the sound of air conditioners running.

Jorge Navarro, 36, lives in an apartment at the corner of Wilbur Avenue and Parthenia Street in Northridge, across from the power station.

He said it was burning up inside his apartment without electricity. The only thing he could eat or drink in the hours after the power went out was milk. “It’s still like fresh. I think so.”

He walked to a nearby supermarket Sunday hoping to get food but it didn’t have electricity.

“I went to the store right here, the market, no power, they’re closed,” he […]    

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