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Corona del Mar Today

October 02, 2010|By Amy Senk

Downed power lines caused a small fire, a power outage and a small-scale evacuation in the middle of Corona del Mar's business district, officials and witnesses said.

The down lines were reported at 3:33 p.m. Sept. 27 in the alley behind 3337 E. Coast Hwy., said Jennifer Schulz, a Newport Beach Fire Department spokeswoman.

"Firefighters and police cordoned off a safety area and waited for Edison," she said in an e-mail. The downed lines caused a small fire in a trash container, she said, but firefighters quickly extinguished it.

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Crews with Southern California Edison arrived and cut the downed lines, Schulz said, and firefighters were able to clear the scene three hours later at 6:29 p.m.

Beverley "B.J." Johnson said her real estate office at Prudential California Real Estate at Marguerite Avenue and East Coast Highway was affected.

"We had to evacuate the block because of wires falling down and the…fire," she said in an e-mail.

Media representatives with SoCal Edison have not yet been able to provide information about what caused the downed lines.

Firefighters to host two station open houses on Sunday

Fire Prevention Week begins nationwide on Sunday, and two Newport Beach fire stations will open their doors to the public for tours and photos to mark the occasion.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, the Lido Fire Station at 475 32nd St. and the Newport Center Fire Station at 868 Santa Barbara Drive will open their doors. Firefighters will offer tours of the station and equipment plus fire safety tips, and they will pose for photos with kids.

This year's Fire Prevention Week theme is "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!" and is designed to educate people about smoke alarms and how to update and maintain their home smoke alarm systems.

Komen Cancer runners victims of vehicle burglaries

A burglar broke into three cars and stole $2,709 in items from five people who had parked at Corona del Mar High School while they participated in last weekend's 19th annual Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure.

The five victims had items in three cars, which were broken into between 8:20 and 10:40 a.m. Sept. 26 at the school at 2010 Eastbluff Drive.

The lot was a designated parking area for the run, according to the event's website.

Items stolen included multiple purses, cash, ID and credit cards, wallets, cell phones, glasses, checks and Disneyland tickets, said Officer David Sanborn. The burglar also caused about $400 in damage, according to a police report.

The valuables apparently were clearly visible from outside the vehicles, Sanborn said. Police urge people to store valuables in their locked trunks before arriving at a destination, and to make sure cars are locked.

The Race for The Cure had 24,000 participants this year, raising millions of dollars in an effort to end breast cancer.

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