Crash Sparks Brush Fire, Power Outage

A single-vehicle collision along Topanga Cayon Boulevard in Malibu sparked a brush fire and mass power outages on Monday night. The fire consumed approximately two acres.

The Malibu Times reports that the crash happened on Monday, November 30th, about 2.5 miles from  Pacific Coast Highway, a white sedan struck a power pole along Topanga Canyon Boulevard near Grandview.  The power pole fell, downing power lines and causing an electrical box to ignite.

According to Southern California Edison, approximately 1,051 customers were without power due to the accident.

Los Angeles County Fire Department received the call to the scene just after 9:00 p.m.  Fire engines and air support arrived at the scene to fight the fire.

As of 9:51 p.m. Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervisor Pittman told reporters that firefighters were waiting for Southern California Edison to arrive on the scene to cut power to the electrical box.

“We’re out there, looks like we are waiting on Edison to de-energize the box so we can do some work out there,” Pittman said.  He went on to say that the fire was not very fast-moving, and some of the firefighting units were released from the scene.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control at approximately 10:00 p.m.  Southern California Edison reports that an estimated  22 residents in the Malibu area were still without power as of the morning of Tuesday, December 1st.

No injuries were reported in connection to the crash or fire. No buildings were damaged in the blaze. 

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