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Downed power lines spark Mountain View fire

Original post made on Jan 13, 2012

Mountain View fire crews were able to control a vegetation fire sparked by downed high voltage power lines near the Microsoft Corporation campus Thursday night, fire officials said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 13, 2012, 9:04 AM

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Posted by Jeanie Smith, a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 13, 2012 at 10:34 am

We were in the middle of our Preview performance of Moon for the Misbegotten at the Pear Avenue Theatre, just south of Shoreline, when power went out, at 9:20! Looking outside, I saw a column of sparks and flames shooting 100 feet into the air-- looked like one huge firework. We made sure patrons were evacuated safely from the theatre and the area-- the blackout included street and stop lights. It was quite a spectacular and dramatic end to the evening...

Thanks for PG&E's quick response so that we can have an opening night performance, as scheduled! whew...

Posted by piggy, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jan 13, 2012 at 10:39 am

If PG&E inspected their equipment more often, these kinds of problems wouldn't happen. They are just lucky that the fire didn't spread into a residential neighborhood in the middle of the night when most people are home.

Posted by piggy, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jan 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

"PG&E diverted safety money for profit, bonuses" in the Chronicle: Web Link

Posted by Donald, a resident of South of Midtown
on Jan 13, 2012 at 9:38 pm

It is easy to ask for more inspections, but hard to do. There are tens of thousands of miles of wires and hundreds of thousands of insulators. We could post an inspector at every pole 24/7, but would it be worth the cost?

Posted by piggy, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jan 13, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Donald - read the article about PG&E stealing money that was supposed to be used for saftey

Posted by peninsula commuter, a resident of another community
on Jan 14, 2012 at 7:59 am

In fairness to PG&E, the frequency of outages on their transmission and distribution lines HAS decreased (except of course for the February 2010 Tesla plane crash, which was not inspection related).
Apparently they are inspecting electric lines more often and with greater diligence. One can only hope that their gas transmission fiasco does not suck resources from the electric side of the business.

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