CHINO ( — The extreme heat in the Southland forced some Montclair residents to leave their homes for some time Thursday due to a planned power outage.

The outage was near Phillips Avenue and Ramona Boulevard.

Al Mota, a father of two young children, had to abandon his home because he had no electricity.

“It was extremely hot inside the house. I have a small baby,” Mota said. “Within a half hour, it got extremely hot in there, so we decided to go down to Azusa.”

Mota said while Southern California Edison warned his family about the outage about a week ago, on a day with soaring temperatures, it didn’t matter.

The house got so hot, Mota had to load his food into ice chests to keep it from spoiling.

“You can open the window, but it really doesn’t make that much of a difference,” he said.

KCAL9’s Tom Wait reported that the routine maintenance caused only scattered outages and the power was back by the afternoon.

Some seniors decided to leave for cooler temperatures, anyway.

“I told my wife, ‘Let’s go out to breakfast, kill a couple hours.’ And that’s what we did,” Paul Galaviz said.

For some folks, the heat was welcomed.

“I like the hot weather, so I’m good. I love the heat,” Bianca Ramirez said.


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