Fire Short Circuits Library Senior Center and City Hall


A power line snapped, fell into the bed of a utility truck on Thursday afternoon, causing a fire when it hit some brush inside, according to Joseph Galvan, a captain with the Alhambra Fire Department.
The incident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. in an alley on the side of the South Pasadena Post Office, in the 1000 block of Fremont Avenue. As a result of the fire and downed wire, power was out at the South Pasadena Post Office, the Senior Center, library, City Hall and dozens of businesses and residents in the vicinity. Some community members reported that power was out from eight to 10 hours while Time Warner Cable was affected in some area more than 30 hours. Mark Dondanville, a battalion chief with the San Marino Fire Department, said a nearby office and apartment complex were evacuated until Southern California Edison crews arrived on scene to restore power during the early morning hours last Friday.

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