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Power Outage In LA Neighborhoods Is Tied To Fire At An Electrical Station

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FILE: Line crews with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power work on power lines in 2018. (Courtesy LADWP via Twitter)
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Fire in a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power electrical receiving station caused some 39,000 people to lose power in the city today.

The receiving station, on Centinela and Nebraska Avenues, is a place where high voltage power is stepped down to a lower voltage for distribution along power lines to homes and businesses. To enable Los Angeles Fire Department to get into the receiving station to combat the fire, LADWP had to de-energize power lines to the thousands of customers in the Westside, San Fernando Valley and other areas.

The fire was put out, damage to the station was limited, and no injuries were reported, said LADWP spokesman Joseph Ramallo.

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Power began to be restored to homes and businesses within about an hour, as crews re-routed power through circuits that were still functioning. But the utility did not have an estimate when all customers would get their lights back on.

LADWP offered this advice for anyone still without power:

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