Update: Powerline catches truck on fire and over 2,700 PG&E customers affected
ARCATA - An HSU student received an alarming phone call Monday morning while in class, stating his truck had been hit by a powerline and was on fire.
“The back right tire, the entire passenger side of the bed, there's a little bit of smoke damage and water damage in the cab, besides that, everything looks alright, but actually the back right rear passenger wheel is actually welded to the ground from all of the heat in the arching from the wire. So they'll have to break that off with the wrecker. But it's just stuff right? Nobody was hurt and that's what counts,” said Colton Ramstrom, HSU student and owner of the damaged truck.
Around 9:30 a.m. the powerline fell at 13th and F streets for unknown reasons. The line snapped and coiled itself around a parked Chevy Avalanche and that vehicle caught on fire. Crews stopped the flames from spreading into a nearby field while PG&E worked to disable the line. More than three thousand PG&E customers lost power for about 30 minutes but by 1:45 p.m. power was fully restored throughout the area.
"Fortunately nobody was injured and the vehicle was vacant at the time of the incident. But definitely anytime you see live powerlines down, do not go and approach them or touch them. Stay as far away from them as you can and call 9-1-1," said Jenny Williamson, from the Arcata Fire Protection District.