Damaged power lines cause fire in house

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Gazette staff
Sunday, May 15, 2011
— A fire left a house heavily damaged after a dump truck hit power lines, causing a power surge that ignited a fire in the house, the Town of Beloit Fire Department reported.

According to Beloit Fire Chief Dennis Ahrens, the kitchen of a single story house at 3781 Afton Road caught fire shortly before 2 p.m. Friday after a municipal dump truck reportedly hit power lines with its raised dump box.

The truck reportedly broke off two utility poles and knocked down lines, causing a power surge that sparked a blaze in the kitchen of the house. The fire department discovered the house was on fire while investigating homes near the downed lines.

No one was injured in the accident and no one was in the house at the time. Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire, but it reportedly caused $50,000 in structural and property damage to the 1,200 square foot home, which was valued at $72,300, according to the fire department.

The accident knocked out power to 4 or 5 other houses. Alliant Energy was working to restore power to those homes, Ahrens said.

Last updated: 5:13 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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