Archive for Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Storm causes downed tree limb, power line to ignite

July 2, 2008, 11:13 p.m.

Updated: July 2, 2008, 11:35 p.m.

Tonganoxie firefighters were busy Wednesday night monitoring downed power lines that eventually were draped over a truck near Pleasant and Laughlin streets.

Fire Chief Dave Bennett said firefighters were called out after 7 p.m. Either wind or lightning, Bennett said, caused part of a tree to fall on a set of power lines. The tree and power lines together caused electrical arcing, That connection caused the tree to catch fire and the power lines to drop. The downed power lines then fell on a Kansas Department of Transportation truck, which was carrying 50 gallons of diesel fuel, that was parked at residence

Bennett said there was obvious concern with the power lines near the diesel fuel, but no additional fires broke out.

The situation also caused a temporary power outage in Tonganoxie. Bennett said his "guestimate" was that a third of the city was without power.

Westar officials later arrived on scene to tend to the downed lines.

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