Tree falls on power line, causing electrical fire in Macon neighborhood

Tree falls on power line on Rivoli Drive in Macon, causing electrical fire / Courtesy of Chris McLendon

MACON, Ga. -- Two neighbors had a close call Monday afternoon when a fallen tree caused an electrical fire behind a Macon home.

Chris McLendon, who lives on Rivoli Drive, said he called the Macon-Bibb Fire Department when he noticed that two trees in his neighbor Anne Ray's backyard had fallen onto a power line and ignited.

He said the fire department responded quickly to the scene to put out the fire before it could spread to his or Ray's home.

Thankfully, no one was injured.

Ray said she is thankful to her neighbor for making the call and to the fire department for their quick response.

Tropical storm force winds tore through Macon and much of Middle and Southwest Georgia Monday morning and afternoon as a result of Tropical Storm Irma. Trees and power lines fell in massive numbers throughout the state, overwhelming emergency phone lines.

Crews worked throughout the early afternoon to clean debris off of roads, homes and power lines. However, the Georgia Department of Transportation pulled its crews in a 27-county district when Irma's winds hit their peak speeds at around 2 p.m.

A release from GDOT stated that sending crews out into the high winds would put their safety at risk and that all requests for assistance with down trees, traffic signal malfunctions and other issues were placed on hold until conditions were safe enough to return to work.

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