Victoria Fire watch power line after fire reported

Victoria Fire watch power line after fire reported

Fire crews and BC Hydro on scene at Alpha Street and Douglas

Victoria Fire blocked off Alpha Street at Douglas Thursday around 8:30 a.m. after reports came in of a power line fire earlier that morning.

Fried lines could be seen hanging down from electrical poles above business Colonial Countertops, where electricity was out. One employee said the line had snapped and caused severe sparking that looked and sounded like small explosions.

Tracey Lamoureux, owner of Creative Spaciz, a business located across the street – said BC Hydro started doing work in the area last night.

“BC Hydro sent us notices over the last couple months that we would need to shut down any computers and systems in our offices so we wouldn’t have surges that would cause any problems,” she said. “Last night they did the work and I heard that something went wrong with it this morning.”

Fire crews arrived to find the line still sparking and a small blaze burning at the base of the pole. They allowed the flame to burn out and waited for BC Hydro to arrive and assess the situation. Alpha Street was closed to traffic while the lines were repaired.

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BC Hydro arrives to deal with a sparking power line the morning of Feb. 7. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

BC Hydro arrives to deal with a sparking power line the morning of Feb. 7. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Victoria Fire deals with a sparking power line on Alpha Street the morning of Feb. 7. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Victoria Fire deals with a sparking power line on Alpha Street the morning of Feb. 7. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Creative Spaciz owner Tracey Lamoureux said BC Hydro started doing work on the street last night. Her business is across the street from where the wires sparked. (Nina Grossman/News staff)

Creative Spaciz owner Tracey Lamoureux said BC Hydro started doing work on the street last night. Her business is across the street from where the wires sparked. (Nina Grossman/News staff)