Storm downs tree and power line in Terrace Park, burns another tree

TERRACE PARK, OH (FOX19) - There were some tense moments for residents on Red Bird Lane in Terrace Park Wednesday after a tree toppled over, sending a live power line into another tree and catching it one fire.

About 7,200 volts of electricity ran through the tree.

"The main wires are still energized and they're in the tree so the tree is energized and it's burning," said Terrace Park fire chief Luke Frey before Duke Energy crews arrived on the scene. "Everything around that tree is electrified so if kids come out and play that could potentially be dangerous for them."

There was nothing the Terrace Park fire department or a Duke Energy supervisor on site could do until more help arrived.  Their first priority was to keep everyone in their house and away from the potential danger.

"My daughter Carolyn noticed that there were some emergency vehicles out so we just kind of wondered out to see what had happened," said resident Joy Blang. "We're a little concerned that we're leaving... we left our house because yeah, its smoking and you know, it ignited. I'd be a lot more concerned if that was my house."

Duke Energy was able to clear the tree and restore the power by 9:30 p.m.

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