Power restored after tens of thousands lose electricity amid heat wave


Electricity was restored to tens of thousands of northeast San Fernando Valley customers on Sunday, after a power station caught fire amid a record heat wave.

LA Department of Water and Power crews worked through the night to restore power by mid-morning, although repairs will continue. They fixed conductors, transformers and circuit breakers that were impacted in the fire. 

At the peak of the outage on Saturday evening, 140,000 customers were affected in neighborhoods including West Hills, Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, Granada Hills, North Hills, Reseda, Chatsworth, Porter Ranch and Winnetka. No one was injured in the blaze, with firefighters rescuing people trapped in elevators.

Cooling centers were made available to residents without air conditioning throughout the blistering weekend. 

The outages occurred on a day when 98 degrees temperatures downtown broke a 131-year-old record.


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