Monday, February 4, 2013
Power line failure causes spectacular blaze, leaves 2000 homes in dark
t about 9 P.M. on a sleepy Sunday evening in Chilliwack, as people were unwinding from the excitement of the Super Bowl festivities, a power pole caught fire in the 8400 block of Cessna Dr. plunging over 2000 BC Hydro customers into the dark..
BC Hydro's website indicated that 2180 customers were initially without electricity. Crews were able to to restore power to all but 156 by about 1 A.M. and the remainder had their lights back on by 2 A.M.
According to locals, several loud booms were heard all over the north side, accompanied by bright orange flashes that briefly lit the sky an eerie orange.
A farm owner at Prest Rd. and First Ave. told the Voice Monday that he'd heard the noise and saw the sky lit up as well..
"I was wondering what was going on," he said.
The flash and boom show went on for an hour, lighting up the faces up of a few dozen people gathered behind electrical fire hazard tape strung through the School District 33 office parking lot.
City of Chilliwack Fire Department Assistant Chief Jeff Ullyot told the Voice in an e-mail Monday, that a downed main electrical line was the cause of the blaze which later spread to adjacent cedar hedging.
Thankfully, there were no injuries to residents or emergency crews.
Firefighters had the blaze knocked down within an hour or so. BC Ambulance paramedics were staged on the scene in case of injury.
"Damage to two hedges (amounted to about) $1000 in total," said Ullyot adding that BC Hydro had isolated the power outage to one area after about an hour.
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