Power line fiasco starts fire

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Wells Fargo bank in Rhome caught fire Monday after the power supply was yanked from the building in an unusual accident.

Unusual Accident

UNUSUAL ACCIDENT – Firefighters survey the scene Monday after the power supply was pulled from the Wells Fargo bank in Rhome, sparking a fire. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Just before 1 p.m., a pickup pulling a trailer loaded with a tall piece of equipment caught the power line that stretches between the electrical pole and the power supply on the building. The line was pulled down, and the power supply was ripped from the exterior wall of the bank, sparking the fire.

The driver of the pickup, Justin Cowan, works for Global Logix Inc. out of Houston. He was turning around in the parking lot, according to Rhome Police Chief James Rose.

Smoke was visible from outside the building, and Rhome and Newark fire departments were dispatched to the scene. Oncor was also called to cut off electricity to the building, and the bank was temporarily closed. According to the city of Rhome’s Facebook page, the bank is planning to re-open Thursday.

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