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After the crazy video we posted on Sunday it is heartening to know that most fire departments are not trying to extinguish fires in live power lines and transformers with water. This is video from GMVideoProduction of a fire in Mamaroneck, New York early Tuesday. It is believed wind or lightning caused the 13,000 volt electrical line to break. It set fire to a natural gas line that resulted in the destruction of two cars and an SUV. Two homes were evacuated.
The line fell about 1:20 a.m. on Winfield Avenue and landed next to a car, Mamaroneck Village Fire Chief Robert Pecchia told The Journal News. About 15 minutes later, the car ignited. The downed wire also appeared to ignite a natural gas fire, possibly from a leak of equipment buried just beneath the surface, Con Edison spokesman Chris Olert said. The ensuing blaze shot flames into the night.
A Con Edison crew shut off electricity about 2:15 a.m., and firefighters could start fighting the fire. One firefighter was taken to Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle with heat exhaustion.
Also on STATter911 …
- Caught on video: Ruptured natural gas line ignites as Columbia, SC firefighters standby. – September 26, 2013
- Early raw video & radio traffic: Garage fire with electrical hazard in Rochelle Park, NJ. – September 1, 2013
- Helmet-cam video & radio traffic: Two-alarm house fire sparked by gas explosion in San Leandro, CA. Pot growing operation discovered. – November 11, 2013
- Raw video: Firehouse in Slidell, Louisiana burns. – September 9, 2012
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