The last telephone users still without service because of a fire Monday should have it restored today, Pacific Bell officials said Wednesday.
About 5,000 customers in Orange County were still without service Wednesday in the aftermath of the fire.
The blaze, which began under the Main Street bridge that spans Santiago Canyon in Santa Ana, destroyed 8 telephone cables and damaged at least 10 more, Pacific Bell officials said. About 11,000 customers from Santa Ana to Irvine and Laguna Hills, including those with computerized communication systems, were affected, said Craig MacDonald, Pacific Bell spokesman.
Crews were working around the clock Wednesday to repair the cable but, MacDonald said, "there is no magic way to do it quickly."
Most of the damage was repaired by Wednesday, but technicians still had to match thousands of new and old cable wires by hand.