Broward County

Downed power line in Broward to blame for fire, blown-out cables boxes

Downed power line ignites backyard shed in Lauderdale Lakes on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.
Downed power line ignites backyard shed in Lauderdale Lakes on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. Broward Sheriff’s Office

Several South Florida homes heated up Friday afternoon as Broward deputies responded to a series of calls related to a fallen power line.

According to Broward Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, Mike Jachles, authorities responded to a call around noon about a backyard shed fire at 3452 NW 37th Ave. in Lauderdale Lakes sparked by a fallen power line. As deputies were working on the incident, they also received multiple calls from nearby residents reporting smoke in their homes.

BSO soon discovered the fallen power line from the shed’s address had struck a Comcast cable line, causing several neighbors’ cable boxes to blow out.

Residents reported fuming, blown-out cable boxes and damaged electronics: One house’s utility meter blew up. Another’s brass hose spigot melted.

No one was injured in the accidents.

“Very fortunate there was nobody injured,” Jachles said.

He said putting out the fire was a challenge because responders had to wait for the power lines to become de-energized before they could douse the backyard shed’s flames.

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