Several power poles topple over in El Cajon; electricity resored for most area customers

Incident near Mollison, Lexington avenues

EL CAJON, Calif. - Power is returning for hundreds of customers in El Cajon after several power poles toppled over.

The incident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of Mollison and Lexington avenues.

Monica Zech, the spokeswoman for the El Cajon police and fire departments, told 10News there were six poles down

Zech said there were initial reports that a tree branch brought the poles down, but it appeared that the base of one of the poles weakened and suddenly gave way, dragging the others down.

She added there were three nearby poles that were compromised, which meant the poles were leaning.

San Diego Gas & Electric said two of the poles affected were SDG&E poles and the others were from a telephone company.

A section of Mollison Avenue from Main Street to Washington Avenue was shut down due to the incident. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible. It is unclear when the roadway will reopen.

At one point, nearly 1,500 customers in the area were without power. 

No injuries or damage to structures or vehicles were reported.

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