Electrical vault blows, knocking out power to Edison customers in Temecula

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TEMECULA (CNS) – An underground electrical vault in Temecula failed
today, causing a small electrical fire and knocking out power to more than
2,000 Southern California Edison customers.

The non-injury fire was reported shortly after 1 p.m. on Margarita
Road, near Rustic Glen Drive, according to the Riverside County Fire
Department.

Multiple engine crews were sent to the location and encountered smoke
rising from the transformer, but the flames had already died down, officials
said.

As a precaution, sheriff’s deputies closed the immediate area to traffic.

Firefighters secured the vault at about 1:30 p.m., and SCE technicians
were summoned to make repairs in order to restore electrical service to
about 2,300 customers along Margarita and Winchester roads, according to
reports from the scene.

The cause of the failure was under investigation, SCE said.