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Linesman Makes Daring Fire Rescue

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AN ELECTRIC CO. LINESMAN WAS working off of a bucket Tuesday in Somerville, Massachusetts, when a hydraulic line burst and started a fire in the bucket.  With the truck's motor running and causing the hydraulic pump to keep feeding the flames, the entire bucket and the nearby transformer were quickly becoming fully involved.  The linesman desperately leaped from the burning platform and grabbed the power lines, hanging on for dear life.  (Note:  One of our readers points out that is probably a cable tv line he is grasping….ed.)

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Fortunately for him, another truck was working nearby and that linesman drove immediately to the scene and started up his platform to rescue the trapped co-worker.  As he got close, his own truck started catching on fire from the first one and the stranded worker swung out and dropped into the rescue bucket.  Adding to the risk, flaming debris dropped onto a car directly underneath the men and it began burning as well, creating still another hot spot to get out of.

As they were lowering down to the ground level, the second truck was burning so fiercely that they both had to dive onto the truck's cab before it reached the  ground.

A neighbor who heard the initial noise from the fire grabbed his videocam and recorded the entire event. 

Update:  For whatever reason, Wicked Local has removed the videos and withdrawn permission to post them.  You can still view the news report from WCVB-TV that includes part of it HERE.

The entire video can be viewed on Wicked Local's website HERE.

Both power company trucks and the affected car were all total losses.

The Somerville News has the story and more photos HERE.
Wicked Local has MORE.

Hat tip:  Frank Lee

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Comments - Add Yours

  • http://www.rmesfire.org Jay911

    The lineman in the dark shirt moves pretty quick for a guy with rocks the size of bowling balls. Bravo sir!

  • K3djd

    it was not a power line  it was a cable tv live he is holding someone needs to correct that

    • firegeezer

      Thanks for the clarification. I’ll update the posting.
      FG

  • CHAOS

    Outstanding.  Grace under pressure.
    Now, as a “what if” around the station:   Imagine the second bucket truck wasn’t around & you roll up with your standard vehicle or wires fire response (usually a single engine) and find the transformer & car blazing away with, oh, by the way, the lineman hanging from the wires in between the two.   Would we all be as smooth as these guys were?

  • CHAOS

    Outstanding.  Grace under pressure.
    Now, as a “what if” around the station:   Imagine the second bucket truck wasn’t around & you roll up with your standard vehicle or wires fire response (usually a single engine) and find the transformer & car blazing away with, oh, by the way, the lineman hanging from the wires in between the two.   Would we all be as smooth as these guys were?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1616137295 Rex Butler

    Why was the video removed?

    • firegeezer

      I didn’t know that it was. I’ll check on it.

    • http://www.rmesfire.org Jason Low

      I can still see it over on Wicked Local – looks like you can only get to it from there, now, though.

  • http://www.rmesfire.org Jason Low

    GrumpyDispatcher over at “Three Mouse Clicks from Disaster” has a story and some pretty neat “after” photos of the whole situation.
    http://grumpydispatcher.blogspot.com/2011/07/hanging-out.html