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Blown transformer sparks small bush fire in Saugus

Posted: April 19, 2015 2:52 p.m.
Updated: April 19, 2015 2:52 p.m.

For the second time in less than a week, a blown transformer has left some Santa Clarita Valley residents without power, this time sparking a small brush fire, emergency response crew officials said.

Shortly before 1:45 p.m. Sunday, an electrical transformer “exploded” and ignited the brush near it, said Supervisor Melanie Flores, of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

“We were dispatched at 13:42 hours for a brush fire due to a transformer that exploded,” she said.

Firefighters knocked down the fire in about 15 minutes, reporting it extinguished at 1:57 p.m., she added. The fire burned a quarter acre of brush, Flores said.

Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station also responded to the blown transformer on Garza Drive, a Station sergeant said.

A spokesman for Southern California Edison could be not reached for comment on how many of their customers were affected by the outage.

Edison crews had been working in Saugus since shortly before 6:30 a.m. Sunday when at least 238 of its customers lost electrical power, according to the utility’s webpage devoted to updating power outages.

The power company listed “equipment problems” as the cause of the earlier outage and posted a power “restoration time” of 10 p.m. Sunday.

Sunday’s blown transformer marked the second time in less than a week that an Edison transformer blew.

On Tuesday, more than 1,180 Valencia residents experienced a loss of electrical power for more than two hours after a transformer blew on Tourney Road at Valencia Boulevard, in Valencia.

The transformer in Valencia was repaired later that same day, Edison spokeswoman Anna Frutos-Sanchez said.

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