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Downed Powerline Causes Grass Fire in Altoona

Downed Powerline Causes Grass Fire in Altoona

Authorities are blaming a crane for knocking out the power and starting a grass fire in Altoona.

It happened just before 1 p.m. yesterday on 9 Mile Creek Road. Altoona Fire Chief Mark Renderman says the crane was doing some work when it knocked-over a powerline. The fire it started was small, just about 100 feet long, and fire crews were able to put it out in about 15 minutes. No one was hurt. Xcel Energy says a little over 200 people lost power because of the downed powerline.

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