The Olympia Fire Department responded Monday to reports that a tree caught fire after falling into power lines at Morse-Merryman and Wiggins roads, ultimately causing a small explosion of a power transformer that was captured on video.
The explosion occurred about 10:30 a.m. Monday in southeast Olympia. No one was injured, and the fire was extinguished after crews from Puget Sound Energy cut power to the lines, Assistant Fire Chief Mike Buchanan said.
A water leak from a damaged hydrant is believed to have eroded the ground beneath the tree, causing it to fall, Buchanan said.
Staff from the city’s Public Works Department were repairing the leak.
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The video of the explosion was posted on the Fire Department’s Twitter feed at twitter.com/OlyFireDept.