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By Dale Hillock
SMFD Public Info Ofcr 

Transformer Fire Causes Power Outage

People rescued from elevators downtown


Firemen working a transformer fire at night

At approximately 5:50 PM on April 18, 2016, Santa Monica Fire Department was called to investigate a possible Southern California Edison Transformer fire in the 400 Block of Washington Ave. Ultimately the electrical problem was mitigated by SCE crews, but not until after an approximate 1.5 hour power outage.

This power outage affected an area from Montana Ave to Colorado Ave in the Downtown area. This outage also caused problems as far East as 16th St. Santa Monica fire Department received calls numerous calls for assistance, primarily from people trapped in stalled elevators.

The Santa Monica Fire Department would like to remind people to stay clear of downed power lines, and report any problems they may witness with our City's electrical infrastructure.


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