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February 6, 2013

POWERFUL FIRE

Cut branch leads to truck fire, power outage

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — More than 500 customers in the Lowertown area of Clinton and Vine streets lost power at about 2 p.m. Tuesday and a tree-trimming truck caught fire after a tree limb workers were removing came down on a power line. There were no injures reported.

According to NYSEG, power was restored to most of the 543 customers by 5:20 p.m. and crews continued to work on bringing back electricity to the 20 remaining customers. 

According to Capt. Wentland of the Lockport Police, a private company was trimming limbs around power lines. A large branch was cut and fell on a power line, knocking it down to truck.

The wire arched, causing the truck to catch fire. The back of the truck was engulfed in flames and black smoke billowed in the air.

The Lockport Police and Fire Departments were at the scene with NYSEG representatives until evening.The truck could not be moved because the boom extended into the street.

NYSEG provides electricity service to nearly 19,648 customers in Niagara County, including 10,186 in the city. There were 280 customers affected in the city and 263 customers affected in the Town of Lockport.

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