Did Rain Storm Spark I-10 Power Pole Fire?

A power pole fire closed down both directions of I-10 in Blythe Monday morning. According to Caltrans, the roadway was closed Sunday night around 9 p.m. and were reopened around 10:30 a.m.

The fire occurred along eastbound I-10 at Lovekin Boulevard. Southern California Edison removed the pole, then installed a new one and re-strung the wiring early Monday morning. The company believes Sunday’s rain storm shorted out wiring, causing the pole to catch fire.

If you witness a power pole fire, follow these 4 steps to keep yourself and other safe:

  1. Call 911 right away and give them the exact location of the power pole. The police should alert the utility company.
  2. Stay away from the power pole and the immediate area. Burnt wiring could fall or equipment could explode, so get a safe distance away.
  3. Don’t try to put the fire out, especially with water. The electricity needs to be shut off by the power company before the fire can be put out.
  4. Alert other motorists of the fire, but do not stand in the street outside your vehicle to do so.

“Fortunately no one was hurt in this fire. If you ever witness a power pole fire, be sure to keep a safe distance away from the area and alert the proper authorities right away,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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