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Transformer fire at El Cajon mall investigated

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EL CAJON (CNS) - Investigators were working Saturday to determine the cause of a transformer fire that caused a power outage at an El Cajon mall, fire officials said.

The blaze broke out about 9 p.m. Friday behind the Walmart store at the Westfield Mall on Fletcher Parkway, according to Monica Zech, spokeswoman for the city of El Cajon.

Heartland Fire and Rescue crews quickly put the fire out, but the blaze caused a power outage that extended throughout the mall and into the parking lots where lights were also out, however traffic signals along Fletcher Parkway did not appear to be affected, Zech said.

Stores and restaurants at the mall closed and Regal movie theater patrons were escorted out by flashlight, she said.

Crews from SDG&E also responded, she said, and the power was restored in about an hour.

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