Sacramento power outage caused by brush fire, SMUD says

10:30 PM, Jul 27, 2010   |    comments
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Photo by Melissa Espejel

SACRAMENTO, CA - More than 13,000 Pocket and Greenhaven area residents were in the dark Tuesday evening after a brush fire was believed to have destroyed an overhead power line, according to a Sacramento Municipal Utility District spokesman.

The fire started in the area of South Land Park Drive and 35th Avenue near Gloria Drive around 9:10 p.m., SMUD spokeswoman Dace Udris said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known, but the blaze was believed to have damaged overhead power lines. The fire was quickly extinguished by Sacramento City fire crews.

Nearby resident Melissa Espejel said she heard a large boom, then ran outside to shoot video of the fire.

The fire knocked out power to more than 13,000 homes in the Pocket and Greenhaven areas, Udris said. Most of those customers had power restored just after 10 p.m. A handful of remaining customers still in the dark were expected to have the lights back on by midnight, Udris said.

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