Balboa Park fire cuts power to thousands in S.F.

A power pole that caught fire Tuesday closed an intersection and left thousands of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers in the dark.

The 10:20 a.m. fire knocked a power line into the intersection of Ocean and San Jose avenues near Balboa Park, PG&E spokeswoman Melissa Mooney said.

The fire, which is under investigation, knocked out power to 4,500 customers, mainly in the Excelsior district, Mooney said. By 2 p.m., PG&E crews had restored power to all but 36 customers.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spokeswoman Maggie Lynch said Muni lines J-Church, 26-Valencia and 36-Teresita were able to go around the intersection.

“When they take down the top of the pole that burned, they’ll determine what caused the fire,” Mooney said. “We certainly regret any inconvenience this power outage caused our customers.”

tbarak@examiner.com


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