SoCal Edison Notifies State of Malfunction When Saddleridge Fire Started

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October 14, 2019 - 12:45 pm



While investigators try to find the cause of the Saddleridge Fire in the northern San Fernando Valley, Southern California Edison has reportedly told state regulators that it may be to blame.

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the California Public Utilities Commission was notified by SCE that it suffered an electrical malfunction that may be linked to the Saddleridge Fire.

"Out of an abundance of caution we notified the CPUC on Friday, Oct. 11 that our system was impacted near the reported time of the fire," Cox told the Chronicle.

The report comes a day after witnesses claimed to see the thunderous blaze launch at the base of an electricity transmission tower during the fierce Santa Ana winds were blowing. 

The new report was similar to one made by Pacific Gas & Electric Company following the deadly Camp Fire in Butte County last year. A fire that was deemed once of the massive and destructive in California's history. It was determined by state investigators that the PG&E equipment started that fire. 

The Saddleridge Fire began Thursday night in Sylmar near Highway 210 and quickly jumped the Golden State (5) Freeway, threatening thousands of homes. By Monday morning, it had scorched nearly 8,000 acres.