BREA (CBSLA) — Approximately 15,000 people were without power in Placentia, Fullerton and Brea — including shoppers at Brea Mall — following a transformer fire Tuesday.
Brea Fire responded to the fire at Imperial Highway at Associated Road that caused the outage over the area, including the Brea Civic Center, at approximate 5:15 p.m.
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Brea Fire responded to a transformer fire at Imperial Highway at Associated Road. This caused a power outage over a large area of Brea including the Civic Center. Power has been restored in most areas.
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Things got tense inside the Brea Mall for holiday shoppers who were stopped in their tracks when the shopping center went dark.
“It was scary because it just went dark,” one woman said.
“I was scared, like, because, like, maybe there was a shooting, ya know,” her daughter added. “It could be anything.”READ MORE: LA City Council Votes Unanimously To Crack Down On Street Racing Promotion
Hundreds inside the mall grabbed their cell phones, turning on their flashlights so they could see.
“No one was screaming or anything. Everyone was really calm and they just escorted people out of the mall,” another woman said.
Power was restored in most areas by 6:30 p.m., according to the city’s Emergency Preparedness Program.
Motorists were advised to drive cautiously and treat intersections where lights are out as a four-way stop as signal maintenance was ongoing.MORE NEWS: Lakers Legend Magic Johnson On Unvaccinated Players: ‘I Would Never Do That To My Teammates’
A spokesperson for Southern California Edison told CBS2/KCAL9 crews were still working to determine what triggered the fire, which they say occurred at one substation.