Explosion, major fire rocks DWP power station; electricity lost in parts of Valley

An explosion Saturday at a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power plant in the San Fernando Valley has caused a major fire and knocked out electricity to many residents.

Firefighters were battling the blaze at 8900 Parthenia St. in Northridge. Parthenia was closed in both directions between Yolanda and Vanalden avenues, according to the fire department.

The cause of the blast, which occurred just before 7 p.m., was unclear, and the DWP released a statement on Twitter saying the entire plant was offline.