Some Columbia residents lose power after fire truck catches fire

Sunday, January 26, 2014 | 6:19 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A fire broke out 9:36 a.m. Sunday at Columbia Fire Station 4 located at 2300 Oakland Gravel Road when the aerial ladder of a fire truck came in contact with a high voltage electrical transmission line.

According to Columbia Water and Light, an estimated 500 to 1,000 customers were without power while crews worked to extinguish the fire. Oakland Gravel Road between Vandiver Drive and Holly Avenue was closed for about 90 minutes during the incident.


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The crew member operating the fire truck was not injured when they jumped from the apparatus. The fire truck was heavily damaged from the contact with the power line, Columbia Fire Battalion Chief John Metz said.

The fire was sparked during a routine maintenance check of a 2009 fire engine, which was parked on the driveway of the station when the accident occurred.

Additional fire crews responded to prevent the fire from spreading to the station, but were forced to wait about 45 minutes for the high voltage line to power down before extinguishing the vehicle fire.

The cost of the damage to the fire truck is unknown, but the fire station did not appear to sustain any smoke or heat damage.

Metz said the incident did not affect the department’s ability to maintain service to Columbia residents.

“We immediately placed a reserve fire engine in service and there is no interruption in service delivery to our customers,” Metz said. “It is an unfortunate incident, but the important thing is that no one was hurt.”

Supervising editor is Zachary Matson.




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