community without power after the transformer blows in the center

SAN DIEGO – Hundreds of San Diego were without power Saturday night after a transformer exploded in downtown, authorities said.

According to San Diego Police Department officials, a call came around 6 p.m. 21 Saturday, who reported that a transformer had been blown underground in the area of ​​7th Avenue and K Street. Police closed down 7th Avenue and L Street, 6th Avenue and K Street and 4th Avenue and Market Street.

On-site officials told FOX 5 that the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter lost its power and that police and fire officials were working to restore power to the hotel and surrounding businesses and homes.

FOX 5’s Jason Sloss spoke with a representative of the San Diego Fire Department, who said Marriott employees had called a structural fire outside, which later turned out to be flames coming from a manhole covering the spot where the transformer had exploded.

According to SDG & E, more than 1,100 customers were without power in Center City, Balboa Park, Golden Hills, Logan Heights, Mountain View and Lincoln Park.

It is not yet known what caused the transformer to explode.

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