San Diego Gas and Electric confirms that a power outage affected service to about 2,000 Santee homes Thursday afternoon.
Shortly before 3 p.m., SDG&E said a piece of equipment, a switch, became damaged and failed.
Power was returned within half an hour to the majority of residents, but 500 homes remained without power until 8:35 p.m. as a repair crew replaced the damaged switch, according to SDG&E spokesperson Allison Zaragoza.
She confirmed that the outage was not planned, and had nothing to do with the heat wave happening this week.
Santee Patch received reports Friday morning that the outage took place in the area of the .
Bill and Gloria Jones, residents of New Frontier, and one of the 500 unlucky homes, expressed concern for the elderly that the power was lost on such a hot day.
"We would like to know why all people were not notified especially on the hottest day so far. We have people living in over 300 homes who are age 55 and older. These homes have to have AC as they heat up quickly."
SDG&E said they attempted to notify all residents that they could.