Firefighters hurt as ladder hits wire
Three Fairfax County firefighters were injured Wednesday morning, and power was lost to 31,000 Northern Virginia homes and businesses as far north as Alexandria, when a ladder on a fire engine struck two power lines in the Lorton area.
The firefighters were doing a weekly test of the ladder at the Crosspointe station, just off Route 123 on Hampton Road, about 8:40 a.m., Fairfax fire spokesman Dan Schmidt said.
As the firefighters were extending the ladder near the station, it struck two lines and shot a bolt of high-voltage electricity through the truck, along the concrete driveway and into the station, sparking a short fire at the electrical box, Schmidt said.
One firefighter was hurt when he leapt from the truck to avoid electrocution, Schmidt said. A second firefighter was hit by debris from concrete that was launched into the air by the electricity, and a third firefighter was being checked for injury to his hearing by the noise from the loud explosion, Schmidt said. None of the injuries was life-threatening, and the fire inside the station extinguished itself.
Meanwhile, the city of Alexandria lost power at traffic lights at some intersections in its west end, and Dominion Power reported that 31,200 customers were knocked out by the mishap. By 10:30 a.m., all power had been restored, Dominion spokeswoman Le-Ha Anderson said.
-- Tom Jackman
August 11, 2010; 1:44 PM ET
Categories: Fairfax , Fires & Fire Safety , Tom Jackman
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