Fire at Mid-Wilshire LADWP Power Station Leaves 14,000 Temporarily Without Electricity

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A fire at this LADWP distributing station left about 14,000 customers without power on Nov. 7, 2014. (Credit: Google Maps)

About 14,000 LADWP customers were briefly without power in the Mid-Wilshire area after a fire at a power facility Friday afternoon, according to the utility.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was called to the blaze reported at 5772 W. Pico Blvd. (map) at 2:20 p.m., according to an LAFD alert.

On Twitter, a witness reported a loud boom and smoke rising from the building about 2:30 p.m.

The small fire at the local distributing station was put out, and crews were working to restore power to 14,000 customers, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power stated on Twitter. The power was restored, DWP tweeted about 3:30 p.m.

A bird flew into a capacitor on the roof of the station, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing DWP.