Published in the June 22, 2016 edition
WAKEFIELD — A contractor digging a trench for a new sewer line going into a home on Pine Hill Circle at about 8:20 a.m. yesterday undermined a tree, causing it to fall across the street into some wires, taking down three utility poles in the process.
The Police and and Fire Department responded to the scene and notified the Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department, which also sent crews to the scene. Firefighters were on scene until the arrival of the Light Department.
The incident caused about eight homes to lose power for about six hours, according to WMGLD Manager Pete Dion. He said that the Light Department had to replace all three poles with new ones.
Pine Hill Circle was closed to traffic while work was done. The Walton School let out for the summer late yesterday morning. Parents could only use Davidson Road to pick up their children.
At about 10:45 a.m. yesterday, firefighters went to a Vernon Street address on a report of a brush fire. It turned out to be unauthorized burning by a homeowner, who put the fire out himself.
At about 7 p.m. last night the Fire Department went to Confalone Circle for a gas grill fire. Police arriving on the scene first extinguished the fire with a dry chemical agent. Firefighters removed the propane tank and made sure the fire was completely out.
A small explosion and arcing electrical wires on a utility pole at the corner of Princess and Union streets drew Police, Fire and the Light Department to the scene at about 9.p.m. last night.
Police responded to a neighbor’s complaint that an exercise group on the Common was noisy and woke her up at about 6:30 a.m. today. The exercise group agreed to keep the noise down.