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Concrete truck plows into power pole causing fire
Aug, 17 2012
(Ingleside, Texas) -- Several fire departments responded to a 911 brush fire call around 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.
Fire officials said they believe the fire started as a result of a concrete truck crashing into a power pole near Sunray Road and FM 2725. The red cement barrel was lodged under the pole causing sparks.
Officials said the impact snapped the power pole in half causing the lines to spark, igniting a grass fire. Flames then spread to a vacant home nearby scorching the outside.
One neighbor said she got a phone call from her 13-year-old son about the flames outside his window.
"You can hear the panic in his voice," Catherine Shusta said.
Shusta lives in one of the two homes that was threatened by the fire. She said she rushed home after receiving the frantic phone call.
"I knew, I saw the smoke. I had to get home as fast as I could," Shusta said.
Shusta said when she got home her sons were safe but she was still worried about the butane tank near the home.
"We had two little sparks of fire up underneath the butane tank right beside my house. It would've blown, it's the butane tank," Shusta said.
Luckily, fire crews had the flames out before they even reached the homes. Fortunately no one was injured.
Crews were able to remove the cement truck without triggering any hot wires and the power pole has since been replaced.
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