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Electrical vault fire causes power outage

Power was fully restored by Monday morning.

July 15, 2010|By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com
  • Laguna Beach fire units monitor a location on South Coast Highway between Legion and Laguna streets after an electrical vault fire caused a power outage and sent smoke into the air. The outage effected local businesses and homes in the area. The highway was reopened about 11:30 a.m. Sunday after problem was solved.
Laguna Beach fire units monitor a location on South Coast… (Don Leach, Coastline…)

An underground electrical vault caught fire at 2:52 a.m. Sunday on South Coast Highway at Legion Street, causing a power outage for 2,126 customers in a large swath of downtown Laguna Beach, said Southern California Edison spokeswoman Vanessa McGrady.

Power to all but 80 customers was restored by 10:53 a.m. Sunday. The remainder of the customers had their power restored by 10 a.m. Monday.

The incident resulted from a "failed underground connector" due to an unknown cause, McGrady said. The power outage affected customers in an area bounded by Monterey Drive in North Laguna to Mountain Road on the south; and from Wilson Street on the east to Cliff Drive on the west, she said.

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