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Fallen Powerline Hot Enough to Turn Pavement into Glass

Fire crews say the powerline was found still energized, creating enough heat to melt the pavement into glass.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017 3:43 PM
Updated: Nov. 14, 2017 3:43 PM

Murphy, OR.-- Rural Metro Fire was dispatched to a powerline down across Grays Creek Rd, about 3/4 of a mile up from Williams Hwy.

Fire crews say the powerline was found still energized, creating enough heat to melt the pavement into glass. They say due to the wet vegetation long the roadside, the resulting fire did not spread. Fire crews say Grays Creek was shut down for 30 minutes until PP&L could turn off the power. THey say they do not know the cause of the line failure.

Rural Metro Fire says it is critical to treat all powerlines, or suspected powerlines, as energized with electricity, even if they look "dead". They say to stay clear and do not attempt to move the line, instead call PP&L at 1-877-508-5088, or 911 if you suspect a fire or life hazard.

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