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Power restored after huge Los Angeles outage

09 July 2017

The LA Department of Water and Power says it hopes to restore electricity to all customers by late Sunday morning. The LA Times reports that firefighters arrived on the scene to find a huge container of mineral oil, which is used as a cooling agent for electrical equipment, engulfed in flames.

An image shows an explosion at a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power plant on July 8, 2017.

People reported losing power in neighborhoods including Porter Ranch, Winnetka, West Hills, Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, Granada Hills, North Hills, Reseda and Chatsworth. The bulk of flames were out after two hours.

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Drivers in the area were advised to take extra care as many roads would be without lights due to the power outage. By 10 p.m., power was restored to more than 50,000 customers, the DWP said.

The LADWP has since restored electricity to about a third of those affected, however 94,000 remain without power and it's not known when their supply will be fully restored. He said: "It's got to be done".

In a statement, the plant said: "The fire affected one portion of the receiving station, but as an emergency precautionary measure, power to and from the facility has been shut off while Los Angeles fire department personnel work to put the fire out". A record that stood 131 years in Los Angeles was snapped when the temperature spiked at 98 degrees downtown.

Power restored after huge Los Angeles outage