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Covina, W. Covina left without power 24 hours

September 16, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
More than 2,000 Southern California Edison customers in Covina and West Covina were left without power for nearly 24 hours due to what the utility says was a "catastrophic equipment failure and fire" at a substation.

The outage began about 4 p.m. Saturday and power was restored around 2 p.m. Sunday. Crews worked around the clock to fix the problem.

SCE handed out free ice and water at Palm View Park in West Covina until 4 p.m. to help customers cope with the late summer heat wave and lack of power.

SCE said the source of the outage was at a substation at Puente and Vincent avenues in West Covina.