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Power restored to 140,000 in San Fernando Valley after plant explosion

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Power was restored to the remaining customers Sunday morning in the Fernando Valley, Calif., after more than 140,000 lost electricity as a result of an explosion at an electrical plant.

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The power outage came as a record-setting heatwave saw temperatures spike throughout the California.

Twelve hours after the explosion and subsequent fire at the distribution station in Northridge, the remaining 94,000 Valley homes and businesses regained electricity.

The utility posted an update on Twitter at 8:46 a.m.: "Our crews are reporting all power to customers restored out of RS-J and local Distributing Station. Repairs continue, but service restored."

LADWP spokesman Michael Ventre said to the Los Angeles Daily News: "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."

The fire at Department of Water and Power's transmission site, known as Receiving Station J, was an accidental "mechanical malfunction," but no further information was available Sunday morning, according to fire and DWP officials.


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