LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Power has been fully restored to tens of thousands of people in Southern California following this weekend’s blast and fire at a power station in the San Fernando Valley, officials said.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said Sunday that electricity had been fully restored following the incident Saturday.
The explosion and fire started around 7 p.m. Saturday night at the DWP plant in Northridge. More than 50,000 gallons of mineral oil was burning.
Workers shut off the power plant so firefighters could put out the flames — turning the lights off for miles. Even the 405 looked like it was in the middle of nowhere.
The fire at the power station in the Northridge area had left nearly 94,000 still without power by Sunday morning, and had impacted 140,000 customers initially.
Workers at the Northridge receiving station were coming in and out all night long working around the clock to make sure it was safe to bring power in and send it out to customers.
The power outage occurred as Los Angeles broke several records this weekend amid a heatwave.