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Work truck strikes power lines in Chico, sparks fire

El Monte Road in Chico is closed after a work truck hit power lines and caused several PG&E power poles to fall into the roadway early Monday morning.

Posted: Nov 27, 2017 9:28 AM
Updated: Nov 27, 2017 11:57 AM

UPDATE: 11.27.17 10:27 a.m.
PG&E is reporting that now only 4 customers are without service. 

Crews continue to monitor and repair power lines and poles on El Monte Avenue off of highway 32. 


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El Monte Avenue in Chico off of highway 32 is closed after a work truck hit power lines and caused several PG&E power poles to fall into the roadway early Monday morning.
 

According to PG&E at least 80 customers are without power.

Chico Fire arrived just after 8 a.m. and saw several lines and poles blocking both lanes of the roadway.

Crews also saw active lines on fire on private property off the road, but due to wet grounds it is not spreading.

"You can see a little bit of smoke and a little bit of flame back there. We're monitoring that but it's on live power lines so we cannot put water on it and start supressing and axing it right now," said Carlos Munoz, Chico Fire Captain. 

However, since the lines are active, it is not safe for fire crews to engage and supress the flames so fire officals are monitoring it. 

One residents told us he's just glad his home is okay. 

"As you can see it fell in the parking lot there away from the property so as always it could have been a lot worse. Things got a little smokey over there," said James Cleveland, El Monte Road resident. 

Chico Police is investigating the cause of the incident.

PG&E is now assessing the damage, but cannot begin repairing the downed lines and poles until the flames are out. 

El Monte Avenue will remain closed until the poles are repaired, which could be up until noon.

Stay tuned for updates. 

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