San Diego

Downed Power Pole Sparks Fire, Leaves Thousands Without Electricity

Thousands were briefly without power after a power pole went down and sparked a small fire in Escondido. 

More than 2,100 San Diego Gas & Electric customers were affected by the outage at 4:30 a.m. but within a half-hour, power had been restored had been restored to all but 455 homes and businesses. 

At 5:30 a.m., 182 customers remained without electricity. SDG&E said full power should be restored by 11 a.m.

The downed power pole sparked a small fire near the intersection of E. Fifth Avenue and S. Juniper Street. Flames were quickly put out by firefighters, the Escondido Police Department said.

It was not clear what caused the power pole to go down in the first place.

No other information was available.

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