Cable blamed for power loss

first_imgGLENDALE – A power outage darkened Glendale streets during rush hour Tuesday, leaving some 14,000 customers without power and trapping some office workers in elevators, authorities said. A faulty underground cable along Glenoaks Boulevard was to blame for the 5:30 p.m. outage that affected neighborhoods north of the Ventura Freeway to Montrose, said Glendale city spokesman Ritch Wells. Glendale Water and Power was able to restore most electricity by 7:30 p.m., Wells said. Officials at the utility could not be reached for comment. “Nobody was hurt, but we did have a number of rescues from elevators in office buildings near the Montrose area,” said Glendale Fire Capt. Bill Lynch. Student John Dunlap did not notice the outage on his drive in from Sherman Oaks, until he arrived at the parking lot. “I’m like one of those people who goes to every class, so it’s kind of strange for me,” he said. Earlier this year, the city experienced a series of power outages, including a widespread outage on Election Day. Officials said the problem had been caused after an animal, possibly a raccoon, got into a transformer and caused it to short-circuit on March 8. Two new transformers were purchased for more than $1 million by the GWP. One transformer is being installed at the Grayson Power Plant. Wells said Tuesday’s outage was unrelated to that project. “The installation of the two new transformers will help to eliminate these problems,” Wells said. Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Guests at the Glendale Hilton left their dark rooms and congregated in the lobby, which was lighted by backup generators. “Just the fact that (the guests) were not aware of what the cause was was a big concern,” said Linda Norman, general manager at the hotel. Hotel staff called guests in rooms to explain the situation. The power outage was sporadic and affected homes and businesses over a wide area of the city. Classes were cancelled at Glendale Community College, where cadets from the college’s police service told arriving students that the campus was closed. last_img

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