Nov 19, 2002
Power Line Accident Sets Fire to Roof of Day-Care Center
The Associated Press
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) - An electrical worker brushed against a high-voltage power line Tuesday, leaving him seriously injured and dropping a live line across the roof of a day-care center, setting it afire.
About 40 children were safely evacuated, along with about 20 other people from other nearby homes. The fire at the day-care center was limited to its roof.
About two hours into the drama, as firefighters were putting away their gear, residents complained of a gas leak. Officials were investigating when a house about 500 feet from the day care exploded in flames.
Officials said they believe another electrical line touched the roof of the house and caused a gas line inside "to somehow pop or crack," said Dee Hawkins, Charlotte County Fire & EMS spokeswoman.
Gas leaked into the house until it ignited with a loud boom. The fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes.
No one was injured in the fire, but a dog died in the explosion, Hawkins told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Sixteen other homes were evacuated until the leak was traced.
Officials say two employees of a Florida Power & Light subcontractor were transferring power to new poles when one touched a live wire. The current from the 7,600-volt primary line hit him and a coworker.
Both were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital, where they were in serious condition Tuesday night.
Gina Palmieri, 19, a teacher with Karen's Kiddie Korrall, said she was reading a book to a roomful of 2-year-olds when she heard a loud boom. She and other teachers ran outside and saw that the live wire across their roof.
The children, the oldest 5, were ushered across the street as the roof of the center began to smolder.
"All of a sudden, the wire sparked and it looked like fireworks exploding on the roof," said Tammy Hight, 32, who works nearby and helped guide the children to safety.
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Power worker injured resulting in fire at day-care center - House explodes
11-20-2002, 09:09 AM #2Officials said they believe another electrical line touched the roof of the house and caused a gas line inside "to somehow pop or crack,""This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?
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