Power Outages a Problem in Davis after Transformer Blows

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Repairs of all types were underway in and around the Davis neighborhood at Lake and Arlington Boulevards Sunday.

All that comes the day after an underground transformer or electrical switch fire burned through to the surface, singeing a nearby fence. And when that fire means your power is still out, Sunday’s high, hot afternoon sun was not something you wanted to see.

“It is a little warm without air conditioning at home. It’s survivable. It’s an inconvenience more than anything,” said Doctor Tracy Basso.

The fire that ignited that irritation is actually the second such fire PG&E had to deal with in Davis Saturday.

While Basso said the un-air conditioned environment inside his home was survivable, he still chose to survive it all some place else.

“I’m heading down to my office and hopefully there’s A/C there and I’m going to do a little work,” said Basso.

A Sunday at work a better choice than being hot at home.

John Short, Basso’s neighbor at the nearby Eastlake Apartments, was much more than inconvenienced Sunday afternoon – he was frustrated.

His power came back on shortly after the Saturday evening fire and then shut off around 1:30 early Sunday morning.

He received a phone call from PG&E after 4 p.m., stating that service had been restored.

But, that wasn’t the case inside his apartment or that of his neighbors. By 6 p.m., representatives from PG&E still didn’t have an explanation about the lack of power in Short’s complex.


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