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Hit-and-run driver causes fire, power outage in Little Italy

SAN DIEGO, CA — Over a 100 people lost power early Wednesday after an SUV hit two SDG&E electrical junction boxes and caught fire in San Diego’s Little Italy, according to OnScene.TV.

The incident occurred in the 1900 block of State Street and was first reported by OnScene at 2:09 a.m.

San Diego Fire crews were initially dispatched to the area after receiving reports of people trapped in a vehicle on fire. Crews were able to extinguish the flames but discovered the driver had fled the scene.

Authorities learned the suspect’s SUV had struck two separate San Diego Gas & Electric junction boxes, which impacted over 100 nearby residents and street lights. A building near the abandoned vehicle was also found to have sustained damage as the flames spread.

It was unclear when power was expected to have restored.

As of this writing, investigators have not released a description of the vehicle, which has not been reported stolen.


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