SCOTT, LA- Monday afternoon a truck carrying a house struck a power line and the home caught fire in the 700 block of Old Spanish Trail.
Upon arrival, firefighters observed the moving truck and roof area of the home engulfed in flames, with live power lines arcing on the metal roof of the home.
According to Scott Police Chief Chad Leger, firefighters were able to extinguish the truck fire quickly; however, the power lines above the home contained an estimated 69,000 volts, forcing firefighters to wait until the local power company was able to arrive and disconnect the power before continuing to battle the fire. Once power was disconnected, firefighters were able to extinguish the fire.
An investigation into the incident revealed the driver attempted to navigate around a tree on his right, at which point the home’s metal roof made contact with power lines.
The electrical contact caused the tires on the truck to ignite, spreading to the truck and eventually the home.
No one was injured as a result of the incident. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the vehicle and house being moved with no other damage to property surrounding incident.
The Scott Fire Department would like to thank the citizens in the area for their patience and understanding during extinguishment as a result of disconnecting power to ensure the safety of all personnel at the scene.