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Lightning strike causes transformer fire near Williams Lake

BC Hydro and the Wildwood Volunteer Fire Dept. responded
A transformer on Fox Mountain was struck by lightning Tuesday evening near Williams Lake. Photo submitted

A lightning strike near Williams Lake Tuesday evening caused a fire in a hydro transformer.

Residents in the vicinity of the 2200 block of Fox Mountain Road and the 600 block of Mikalusik Road were without power for a few hours.

Wildwood Volunteer Fire Dept. deputy chief Sabrina Dyck said they received a call about the fire around 6:52 p.m. and responded with engine 11, tender 13 and seven firefighters.

“We basically arrived and waited for BC Hydro to attend and disconnect the hydro before we could put out the fire,” Dyck said, adding department members were grateful for the heavy rain that was falling because it had been fairly dry a few days before.

“The transformer itself was on fire, but because of the rain I wasn’t too concerned about the threat of a forest fire. We did have a lot of concerned people driving by though because of the 2017 wildfires.”

The crew returned to the hall just after 9 p.m.

Tuesday’s storm was part of a system that swept across the B.C. Interior bringing with it more than 10,000 lightning strikes.

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The Wildwood Volunteer Fire Dept. responded Tuesday after a lightning strike started a fire in a hydro transformer. Photo submitted

Monica Lamb-Yorski

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Monica Lamb-Yorski has covered news for the Williams Lake Tribune since November 2011.
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