Copper Thieves Cut Down Power Pole, Spark Fire

Copper Thieves Cut Down Power Pole, Spark Fire

17 August 2010

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USA — Some would-be copper thieves may have gotten more than they bargained for when they cut down a power pole and sparked a grass fire, according Placer County Sheriff’s deputies.

Fire fighters responded to the fire on some abandoned property near Sunset Blvd. West and Fiddyment Road around 3:00 this morning in Roseville.

Fire fighters found someone had used a saw to cut down a power pole, possibly believing the electricity had been shut off.

But the wires were live and started a one to two acre fire. Fire fighters and deputies believe the people may have been after copper wiring.

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