A downed power line left more than 4,000 Vallejo and Benicia Pacific Gas & Electric Co. customers in the dark Monday, a company spokesman said.

"We had a downed wire at around 9:30 a.m. with about 4,500 customers affected," PG&E spokesman Jason King said. "Crews were out within an hour and all but one customer was restored within that time."

One customer was still without power at 11:30 a.m., King said, though he was unable to determine which customer that was.

In Vallejo, the outage impacted customers along South Regatta Drive and Glen Cove Road to Interstate 80, he said. It also affected those on Lemon Street, 5th Street and along Magazine Street, he said. The details about the outage in Benicia were not immediately available, he said.

The cause of the problem, which originated at Seaport Drive and Sandy Beach Road, is under investigation, though Vallejo Fire Department personnel think it may have been caused by a squirrel electrocuting itself, Battalion Chief Patrick Dunn said.

"The 12,000 volt line came down on a fence, which energized the fence, which started two small grass fires, about the size of dinner plates," Dunn said. "They were easily extinguished."

Contact staff writer Rachel Raskin-Zrihen at (707) 553-6824 or rzrihen@timesheraldonline.com


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