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Residents enjoy bonfire during San Diego blackout

September 8, 2011 |  9:56 pm

In San Diego, about eight people lit a bonfire and sat in front of the Trade Winds Motel on Mission Bay Drive.

"I've never seen San Diego blacked out before," said hotel resident Travis Knight, "and I've been here 14 years."

The group was planning to cook steaks. "We're all waiting for the last minute to eat," he said, the radio blaring in the background.

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Renee Goggans, the hotel manager, said she was taking a nap when the power went out. The heat woke her up.

"This building goes out all the time so I had no idea it was a major outage," she said.

Goggans said she walked to a nearby 7-Eleven and bought batteries.

"I actually thought it would be swamped," she said.

But Goggans added that the bonfire wasn't too unusual for the residents of the motel.

"We're out here a lot doing this anyways," she said. "The rooms are hot right now."

Knight added: "We'll just ride it out."

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