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Verizon truck burns after accidentally touching Largo power lines

LARGO — A Verizon truck caught fire Thursday morning after it accidentally came into contact with power lines. The incident took place around 9:30 a.m. near Auburn Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue while a Verizon truck was pulling underground lines across the street from First Assembly of God Church, according to Largo Fire Rescue. A Verizon employee told fire officials that a nearby power line snapped, causing the fire. A Progress Energy spokesman said the truck became electrified after its equipment came into contact with overhead lines. Firefighters couldn't fight the fire until power workers shut down the line for about 15 minutes, the company said, leaving 607 people temporarily without power. Firefighters were able to start dousing the fiery vehicle at 10:09 a.m. and quickly put out the fire. "This just underscores how these lines carry a lot of power," said Progress Energy spokesman Rob Sumner. "You come into contact with a line, this is one of the consequences." No one was injured, but the Verizon truck was a complete loss.

Verizon truck burns after accidentally touching Largo power lines 04/05/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 5, 2012 5:02pm]
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