Power lines snapped by microburst, causing fire

June 29, 2011

A microburst in Fountain brought down a power pole that sparked a small fire and left many without electicity Wednesday evening.

The microburst happened shortly before 6 p.m., when winds were clocked at 59 mph at Fort Carson, west of the city, according to Randy Gray, National Weather Service meteorologist.

The winds toppled a power pole and the snapped power lines sparked a grass fire that covered a 200-foot by 50-foot area near Lyckman Drive and Santa Fe Avenue, said Darin Anstine, chief of the Fountain Fire Department.

Firefighters put out the blaze in about 20 minutes. No structures were threatened, as it burned an area between a roadway and railroad tracks.

“It worked out really good for us,” said Anstine, of the fire’s location.

It’s unknown how many people were left without power, though it left the city’s police department without electricity for about two hours.

Power was restored to most residents by about 8 p.m., according to Fountain police.

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