As night-owl North Coast residents celebrated a brief rainfall that deposited a welcome quarter-inch or so of moisture on the area’s parched ground early Sunday, Oct. 4, a few Cambrians found themselves also without electricity after a power-pole transformer caught fire.
Cambria Fire Department officials said the small blaze was reported about 3:20 a.m. Firefighters responded immediately, but before they could safely apply water or foam to the flames on the pole, crews had to wait for the PG&E crew to arrive and cut the power to the burning transformer.
PG&E spokesman John Lindsey said in an email interview Tuesday, Oct. 6, that initially, 24 accounts lost electrical service, and when the “troubleman pulled jumpers to secure power to the transformer … to allow firefighters to safely extinguish the fire,” 11 other accounts also lost power.
Lindsey said crew members replace the transformers, and power was restored to all customers at 11:55 a.m. He said the cause is being investigated.
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And that lovely precipitation? Its effects may not last long, because more hot, dry weather is forecast for the Oct. 10-11 weekend.