Covington power surge sparks small appliance fires

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COVINGTON, Wash. (AP) -- A fire in an underground electrical vault apparently caused the power surge that scorched appliances and caused small fires early Tuesday in a Covington neighborhood.

Firefighters were called about 2 a.m. to the community southeast of Seattle where residents reported hearing a loud pop and seeing sparks. Refrigerators, TV and computers were smoking. A sparking TV cable started a small fire on the exterior of one home.

KOMO-TV reports (http://is.gd/1KAjaz ) firefighters went door to door. They found the surge hit 14 homes. No one was hurt.

Puget Sound Energy crews responded to make repairs.

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Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/