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Car crash sparks fire, causes power outage in Belmont
August 10, 2013, 05:00 AM

A car crashed into a utility pole on the corner of Anita Avenue and El Camino Real in Belmont Friday evening, sparking a grass fire and knocking out power to 5,697 PG&E customers for about an hour.

At approximately 5:10 p.m. Friday, the car crashed into the pole knocking power lines to the ground and starting the fire that scorched about 1,000 square feet of grass. The driver, identified as Aron Bacaquiroa, 24, of Redwood City, was located just north of 42nd Avenue in San Mateo and was taken into custody for hit-and-run and driving without a license. He was not injured and had not been drinking but told investigators he had fallen asleep while driving, according to Belmont police.

Lanes were closed until about 7 p.m., according to police.

It was the second outage in Belmont this week as about 4,430 customers were briefly without power Wednesday afternoon because of Pacific Gas and Electric equipment failure.

Power was restored to nearly all customers by about 6 p.m., according to PG&E.



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