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Accident Knocks Out Power to Blaney Homes

National Grid crews were on the scene for much of the afternoon Sunday.

 

A neighbor said the scene of an accident at a utility pole Sunday looked like the Fourth of July.

At 11:30 a.m., Swampscott fire and police responded to the corner of Blaney Street and Blaney Circle where a car backed into the pole, said Swampscott fire Capt. Remo Zimbaldi.

The vehicle struck a metal encasement at the base of the pole, severing electrical lines housed in the encasement, the fire captain said.

The impact ignited sparks and fire, singeing the vehicle's bumper, he said.

A neighbor came outside with a fire extinguisher and blasted the sparks and fire with dry powder, the fire captain said.

The fire was extinguished upon the firefighters' arrival, he said.

No one was injured, he said.

A National Grid spokeswoman said the wires were part of an underground power system for less than 12 homes or businesses.

Power to the last of the customers was restored at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Crews were on the scene for much of the day. They replaced the secondary line feed and energized it, she said.

The corner of Blaney Street is behind 246 Humphrey St.

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