- Posted January 24, 2013 by
Alleged Home Invasion Leads to Crash and House Fire
It was reported that the two men, described as white men in their 30s, took firearms from the residence including a rifle and a .25 caliber handgun. The individual who had been robbed stated that one of the men had also taken a truck from the property and the other man had fled on foot.
Moments later an officer spotted the stolen truck, a 2003 GMC, and a chase ensued. The driver gave chase, ending up at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Oro Quincy Highway, where he apparently lost control of the vehicle and sheared off a telephone pole before slamming into a smaller truck, taking out a fire hydrant, and hitting a fence, finally coming to a stop.
The suspect evidently fled the scene and was apprehended a short distance away near 38 Canyon Highlands Boulevard. A search continued for the second suspect and the handgun that was allegedly taken from the home on Lone Oak Road near Forbestown Road.
The damage to the telephone pole caused the power lines to malfunction, resulting in an electrical fire at a house in the 2300 block of Oro Quincy Highway. Fortunately, no one was living in the dwelling at the time, but the owner had been storing a piano in the house that he apparently had brought from Tucson, Arizona. However, residents in surrounding homes had to be evacuated because of the danger from the power lines and the electrical fire.
Firefighters waited at the scene, while attempts were made to reach PG&E so power could be disconnected. Evidently, at about 5:10 p.m. PG&E told emergency personnel at the scene that it would be around thirty minutes before anyone could respond. Police officers and firefighters reportedly urged PG&E to expedite the response due to the danger of the fire spreading to other structures.
At 5:20 p.m. the power lines arced and sent sparks flying through the air. The fire continued to spread at the involved house. At 5:30 p.m. PG&E arrived and turned off the power at the main pole. At 5:40 p.m. firefighters were finally able to move in and begin extinguishing the fire.
Emergency personnel were still on scene at 7:00 p.m., when the stolen truck was towed away. At approximately 7:20 p.m. firefighters were ready to reopen the road to traffic, but apparently PG&E wanted to keep the road closed. It seems PG&E was not at the scene at the time, because law officers reportedly called PG&E to tell them the pole was out of the road and request a quick ETA as they desired to allow traffic through the area.