In blistering heat, crews restore power to thousands in Alexandria after power lines knocked down

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As a heat wave continues through the D.C. region, thousands were without power in Fairfax County after a tree-trimming truck accidentally hit high-tension power lines, officials say.

Dominion Energy says a tree-trimming company was in the area when the boom from its truck hit a nearby power pole, causing power lines to snap while taking down several poles in Alexandria.

The truck was working in the area of Janney's Lane and drove off without putting its boom down, officials say, and snagged a nearby power pole which snapped.

More than 6,000 Dominion Energy customers lost power, including part of the businesses and restaurants along Mount Vernon Ave in downtown Del Ray. Junction Bakery and Bistro closed down for awhile during the outage.

Crews from Dominion Energy worked for several hours Tuesday afternoon in triple-digit heat to restore the power. Power was restored to all customers just before 7 p.m., the utility company says.

Roads in the area were also temporarily closed while crews were working to restore power to residents.

The latest outage numbers can be found through Dominion Virginia.