Thursday, December 1, 2011

Lake View Ave: Power Lines Spark Fire

Photo: Lake View Neighbor, December 1, 2011, 5 AM.  Downed power lines sparked a fire on a neighbor's deck early today.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Several neighbors report the Fire Department put out the fire without too much damage, but the downed power lines have been sparking "manageable fires" all day.  Nervous times for the neighbors.  The power is still out in parts of the neighborhood this afternoon while the DWP works on the power lines.

This is an example of why we have Red Flag No Parking Restrictions on streets with only one means of access.  This could have been a neighborhood disaster along the lines of the Oakland Hills Fire, if it had spread to more homes. 

UPDATE: The live power line is dipping and crossing Lake View so Lake View is closed to through traffic.  The Fire Dept is on site and allowing t to "control burn."  Time Warner hopes to have the cable/internet service back on around 5PM today.