Broken power line causes outages, small fires in south Columbia

Sunday, September 11, 2011 | 6:18 p.m. CDT; updated 10:50 p.m. CDT, Sunday, September 11, 2011

COLUMBIA — Residents and businesses in south Columbia lost power Sunday because of a broken power line, Battalion Chief Steven Sapp of the Columbia Fire Department said.

Firefighters were dispatched to control a few minor fires caused by the broken line and were able to put out the fires within minutes, Sapp said.

“We heard a loud explosion. It sounded like a bomb,” Deer Valley resident Ryan Stoll said. Then the power went out around 2:30 p.m., Stoll said.

The Walmart on Nifong Boulevard closed due to the power outage, and residents in Campus View, Deer Valley and Huntridge, among others, have reported loss of power.

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