LAKESIDE, Calif. — Fire and utility officials were trying to determine what cause a brush fire near an SDG&E electrical substation and knocked out power to more than 9,000 customers Lakeside Thursday morning.
Fire officials initially reported taht a transformer at an electrical substation exploded, sparking a small fire near some widely space homes in Lakeside. SDG&E contacted Fox 5 and said that information was not true.
“There was no transformer explosion,” SDG&E spokesman Hanan Eisenman said. The cause of the fire had not been determined and it was not known if it was related to the power outage, he said.
The fire was reported on a sparsely vegetated hillside near Lake Jennings Park Road and El Monte Road at about 7 a.m. Engines and ground crews from Cal Fire, Lakeside and San Miguel fire departments quickly contained the blaze, which was being spread by wind gusts. By 8 a.m., the fire was surrounded and crews were tending to hotspots and flare-ups caused by the wind.
The fire never came close to structures, but the residents of one home that was potentially in the path of the flames were warned to get ready to leave.
Hanan said that about 9,500 of its Lakeside-area customers lost electricity due to the incident. By 10 a.m., power had been restored to all but 84 customers, he said.