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Firefighters draw attention to dangers of live, downed wires

What started out Friday as a primary wire rubbing against a tree 40 feet above Aspetuck Ridge Road, turned into a serious situation in New Milford.  Water Witch Hose Company firefighters closed the road at the nearest intersections and notified Eversource of the problem. A crew was not immediately available so the wire continued to burn through the tree while firefighters stood by. The intense heat overcame the live wire and brought it crashing to the ground where it continues to burn.  The damaged tree top could no longer support itself in the wind, and broke, suspended above the roadway by the remaining power lines.  Once Eversource did respond to turn off the power, firefighters were able to extinguish the small brush fire burning along the road.

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Dave Rinelli

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