Electrical Emergencies Impact Santa Monica Neighborhood

September 14, 2017

Electrical Emergencies Impact Santa Monica Neighborhood

On Monday September 11th, 2017 at 10:40 a.m. the Santa Monica Fire Department received multiple 911 calls in the “Wilmont” neighborhood of the City of Santa Monica reporting various emergencies including explosions, and electrical wires down in multiple locations. The preliminary cause of the incidents was determined to be the result of construction crews excavating the athletic field of Lincoln Middle School, located at 1501 California Ave, who dug into buried high-voltage electrical lines, causing an electrical short and subsequent explosion. This appeared to cause a cascade of other events and Fire Department responses including:

TimeLocationIncident
10:40 1600 Montana Ave. Transformer/Wires Down
10:43 1501 California Ave. Structure Fire
10:45 1433 14th St. Elevator Entrapment
10:52 1260 15th St. Elevator Entrapment
10:55 1225 15th St. (UCLA Hosp) Fire Alarm
11:35 1245 16th St. Public Assistance – Assist Evacuation of disabled person
11:45 1323 Montana Ave. Transformer/Wires Down
11:49 1260 15th St.  Public Assistance - Assist Evacuation of disabled person

The Santa Monica Police and Los Angeles Fire Department provided valuable assistance to safely mitigate all of the emergencies. During this 90-minute event, the SMFD handled 18 total emergencies city-wide including those listed above.

Lincoln Middle School faculty safely sheltered all 1064 students and ended school early at 1:30 pm. Southern California Edison responded quickly to isolate power and render safe all of the effective areas. SCE crews worked for several hours to restore power to the affected areas. Despite potential, there were no injuries or severe damage reported.

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