Monsoon storms, though a welcome relief from the heat, were hard on west-siders Monday.
The Tucson Fire Department responded to nearly 20 calls for downed wires, five calls for arcing wires, five calls for small fire related issues such as brush fires, fence fires, and tree fires, and more than 30 calls for fire alarms, Capt. Barrett Baker, spokesman for the Tucson Fire Department, said in a news release.
Firefighters also were called to rescued three people trapped in their car when a power pole fell on the vehicle in the 2500 block of West Ironcrest Drive near North Greasewood Road and West Ironwood Hills Drive. Tucson Electric Power (TEP) workers secured “the power lines and safely escort the three occupants away from their vehicles,” Baker said. Power lines also fell on a second vehicle, however, no one was injured in either incident.
Downed power lines should immediately be reported by calling 911.
“Always assume that downed power lines are energized and never attempt to move them,” Baker said.