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Transformer Fire Cuts Power in Partridge Knolls

Novato neighborhood loses juice Thursday afternoon with small underground fire.

An underground electrical transformer blew in Novato's Partridge Knolls neighborhood Thursday afternoon, prompting a power outage that messed up the dinner hour and no doubt prompted a few families to fire up their barbecues or dial up some takeout.

Mario Bernardini, acting captain with the , said firefighters doused the transformer outside of 103 Partridge Knolls, near the end of Simmons Lane, and wet down the surrounding vegetation.

The fire crew stayed until a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. technician showed up to turn off the power. According to the PG&E website, up to 75 customers were affected and the estimated power restoration time was 7:15 p.m.

Sylvia Barry July 13, 2012 at 02:05 AM
The power is back now, so that's great. NFD and PG&E were very efficient. Also, I haven't seen so many neighbors hanging outside and mingling before. Something good came out of this :-)
Sue McQuinn July 13, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Thanks to Hunter, age 12 for spotting the fire and acting quickly to inform his parents of the emergency.
Sylvia Barry July 13, 2012 at 03:31 AM
I just clicked 'LIKE' on your comment, Sue!!!
Brent Ainsworth July 13, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Thanks for calling me about this, Sue. I was able to bang it out in 5 minutes before rushing off to build sets for 'Legally Blonde' at Marin Summer Theater.

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