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UPDATED: East Main Reopens After Fire, Downed Power Line

Marlborough responded to a loose high-tension power line Monday evening that caused an intense fire in the middle of Route 20 at Church St.

UPDATE — The Marlborough Police Department has allowed traffic to resume on the affected area of East Main St. (Route 20). Police, fire and electric company crews are still on the scene. 

We are waiting for an official report from the Marlborough Fire Department. Check back with Marlborough Patch Tuesday morning. 

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At approximately 8 p.m. Monday evening, the and departments responded to the scene of a live, high-tension wire dancing across East Main (Route 20) and Church streets.

Eyewitnesses said a large tractor trailer truck struck a transformer and live power lines as it passed ripping them down. 

"The truck driver didn't even see it," said Warley Alves. "He just kept going.

"The high-tension wire was just flipping around in the street and the even the concrete started to melt it was so hot."

Alves, who lives almost directly across the street, said fire crews braved the danger of the intense electric heat by getting very close the live line, but were unable to extinguish it for nearly 20 minutes. 

Another bystander, who asked not to be identified, said that at one point a ball of fire protruded from a nearby manhole cover, but the fire department was able to cut that fire down quickly. 

East Main Street showed evidence of an extensive amount of water used to fight this blaze, and a strong burning smell pervaded the air throughout the area. 

The Marlborough Fire Department is still on the scene, and very little official information was available at the time of this post. 

"I know there is a line down and a significant number of people are out of power," said Deputy Chief Fred Flynn. "More information should become available once firefighters come back from the scene."

was on the scene in the aftermath of the incident gathering details from officials. 

Check back with Marlborough Patch as we update this story with information and video later in the evening and tomorrow. 

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Josh Gray July 12, 2011 at 02:09 PM
I have calls into the fire and police departments concerning this incident. Look for an updated story later today.
Mike Barth July 12, 2011 at 03:27 PM
I live 3 doors down on Church St. There was a loud explosion and then we all came out of our houses. I grabbed my camera and took the first pictures of the wire sparking like a giant sparkler. Then it eventually caught the tree on fire inside the fence of the house on the corner of Church and East Main. When that happened, the FD evacuated that house. The sparking grew worse and became really like a firework show on that corner, with incredible sparking and fire at least 6-10 ft. high. The FD had to stand by for the power to be cut off. Once that happened, the FD extinguished the fire. Many many hours and much work ensued to fix the problem. Comcast came that night to fix their cables, and Verizon is here now (Tues morning) fixing their cables. The silver lining was that everyone was outside for the whole evening, and I got to have a lot of fun talking with and seeing my neighbors. Power was restored on Church St. at 12:05 AM, so we several hours without power.
Josh Gray July 12, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Thanks for additional info, Mike. If you have any photos or video you want to pass along, we will run them with the story and credit you. You can email me at josh.gray@patch.com
Erin Lucas-Mara July 12, 2011 at 10:37 PM
Hi, I also live on East Main Street, and what a crazy night! We had just got home from the beach, and we heard a HUDGE buzz and rumble. At the same time, the power went out. I assumed there was a car accident. However, when we looked outside we saw something was on fire. I called 911 and got my camera. We got some good photos and a video of the second power line falling and exploding. I have emailed the author to see if he edit the video before posting because my husband and I swear when the explosion happens.

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